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JR

2010-10-20


TRAILER ” WOMEN ARE HEROES” from SOCIAL ANIMALS on Vimeo.

JR has been named the recipient of the 2011 TED Prize. He is a French artist who works with a team of volunteers to plaster enormous black-and-white photographs across slums in Paris, Brazil, Cambodia, China, and throughout the Middle East and Africa.   The “Women are Heroes” project turned Kibera, Nairobi into a gallery of local faces, raising awareness of the women’s individual stories. “JR’s mind blowing creations have inspired people to see art where they wouldn’t expect it and create it when they didn’t know they could,” said TED Prize Director Amy Novogratz. “He’s putting a human face on some of the most critical social issues while redefining how we view, make and display art. JR has moved all of us at the TED Prize. There is no doubt that his talent – paired with the resources of this amazing community – will lead to a wish that changes the world.” More of JR’s images here.

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