JR and Slum Street Art

I’ve written about JR before. An incredibly inventive, daring street artist, he is a native of France but has made other intimidating parts of the world his own, too. From his massive stamp on the gigantic Kenyan slum of Kibera to the favela in Rio de Janeiro above and below, JR has piloted a type of street art that is both aesthetically confrontational and functional.

He’s also done shantytowns in Phnom Penh, too. Several of the slum projects are for his “Women Heroes” project — the eyes and faces in the images are of the resilient women living in the different slums. He calls himself an “artivist:” a combination artist and activist.

What’s the point of having a normal-looking truck or door?

In New Delhi, too:

Check out more of his photos here.


Comments 15

  1. David Sasaki March 22, 2009

    I had seen other pictures of the Women Heroes project in Kibera, but had never seen those pics from Rio. Impressive stuff. I just wish that more of this art came from the communities rather than outside them. Or that the artists who are form Kibera and the favelas in Rio got more attention from the new and old media.

    Also, I’m friends with Glenna Gordon and Alejandro de la Cruz and figured I’d wave a comment hello.

    • okeowo March 22, 2009

      You make a good point. I knew a creative videographer from Kibera who had achieved considerable success, but he was unfortunately not the norm. There still doesn’t seem to be a great interest in cities like Nairobi to highlight or appreciate its own talent, particularly if its from the slums.
      Glenna and Alejandro, what an awesome colliding of worlds. Like your blog, and have put it on my blogroll.

    • Grande November 27, 2011

      A home based saint does not make miracles.
      Usually people in Brazil are recognized about their talents outside of their communities first, and then they are recognized by their own people.

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