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Women Are Heroes

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No kidding. Anyone who’s ever had a mother knows women are heroes. But ‘photograffeur’ JR wants to drive the point home. And we’re fine with that. Remember his amazing photo-graffiti last year in Rio? Well now, his eyes are all over Paris.

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OK, not his eyes. The eyes of women he has met on his travels around the world, from Rio to Cambodia. Eyes that tell of unspeakable hardship. Eyes that have survived daily violence, wars and discrimination.

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He’s been plastering their eyes (and occasional bodies) to walls in different cities for years now, and the exhibition in Paris marks the first time they’ve been brought together in one city.

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The show has been conceived as a tour of Paris in the open air, which can be taken by foot, by bike or by boat. Most of the images are pasted around Ile Saint-Louis, and, at each stop, viewers can call toll-free numbers on their cell phones to hear the stories behind the eyes. Clever idea.

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Meanwhile, JR has transported a house from Rio’s oldest favela to the Pavillion de l’Arsenal, where it houses a video installation.

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The exhibition runs until 2 November. RM

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