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The Hills Have Eyes

JR‘s latest project, titled Women Are Heros, in the favelas of Rio is just breathtaking. 

Right now JR is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where the context of favelas has encouraged him to meet women for whom crime, violent loss of loves ones and arbitrary repression are part of everyday life.  Favela da Providencia was chosen to host the project for it’s strong historical relevance – it was the first favela of Rio de janeiro and carried the title of the most dangerous of all. 

Through the portraits of the women, coming from different origins and generations, you reach their stories and understand their vision of life in the contezt of conflict.  In each photo you can face a different part of the woman’s expression of life.  This perspective unites hill and asphalt to give a face to the favela.

The art project is completely independent and not sponsored by any institution or brand.  The technique used is simple – the portraits become oversized prints which are pasted on the architecture with the help of the community.

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