Favela Morro Da Providencia, Rio de Janeiro - August 2008.
Bo City, Sierra Leone, February 2008. [JR-art.net]
India, New Delhi, March 2008 [JR-art.net]
Cambodge, Phnom Penh, Monk 1/2, Mars 2009 [JR-art.net]
Carthagene, Spain [JR-art.net]
|Wrinkles of the City, Shanghai 2010 [JR-art.net]|
Wowie kazowie. I did my normal trolling of Facebook this morning and an OBG advocate (waving hi to Terri!) posted an NPR.org story about a TED winner - simply known as JR - on her page...and I was instantly captivated. And I thought Fridays on Facebook were slow.
From TED: "JR creates pervasive art that spreads uninvited on buildings of Parisian slums, on walls in the Middle East, on broken bridges in Africa or in favelas in Brazil. People in the exhibit communities, those who often live with the bare minimum, discover something absolutely unnecessary but utterly wonderful. And they don’t just see it, they make it. Elderly women become models for a day; kids turn into artists for a week. In this art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators."
You must, must, must check out this fab video (below) of the artist at work. It's called Women are Heroes (aren't we though?). Love it. Ooooo, I shoulda been an artiste!