“ JR’s intention in Women Are Heroes is to highlight the dignity of women who occupy crucial roles in these societies”
Discover the faces of Rio’s favelas through this astonishing guided tour.
The world is currently enthralled by the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and this week South Africa has celebrated the role of women on Women’s Day.
This video was created by French artist JR who is involved in Rio’s favelas through many cultural projects and interventions. It presents a guided tour of the first favela of Rio; home to many families and where women hold a key role. JR’s intention in Women Are Heroes is to highlight the dignity of women who occupy crucial roles in these societies.
Moro de Providencia is a neighbourhood which has become synonymous with violence in Rio de Janeiro. However this favela located in the center of Rio, appeared on television screens in August 2008 was not to show the regular scenes of clashes between drug lords and the police but to present the art exhibition; Women Are Heroes.
The exhibition paid tribute to the women who play an essential role in society and who are the primary victims of war, crime, rape and political or religious fanaticism. JR pasted huge photos of the faces and eyes of local women all over the exteriors of the homes, suddenly inserting a female gaze into the hillside community and favela