editorial     Mar 09 2011

Eyes Up

Mapos LLC

This past Sunday, the NYTimes Magazine ran a riveting story on the Parisian artist JR.

His medium is immense photographs wallpapered on walls, roofs, sidewalks, trucks, swimming pools – anything large, really – in surprising locations around the world.

His subject matter is the faces of the millions of people overlooked and displaced, disrespected and forgotten. His recent project, called “Women Are Heroes,” literally plastered the eyes of women from impoverished communities on surfaces around the world. Some images were in the same neighborhoods where these women lived. Others were displayed in well-to-do districts in Western Europe. All of them stare quietly yet forcefully. Be sure to check out the slideshow.