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Artist JR tries to “change the world” into one where “Men pay tribute to Women” and waring communities stand side by side…

Possibly my new favorite artist, JR is a truly great citizen of humanity. His art provides dignity and empowers others to do the same around the world.

From TED’s website — Working anonymously, pasting his giant images on buildings, trains, bridges, the often-guerrilla artist JR forces us to see each other. Traveling to distant, often dangerous places — the slums of Kenya, the favelas of Brazil — he infiltrates communities, befriending inhabitants and recruiting them as models and collaborators. He gets in his subjects’ faces with a 28mm wide-angle lens, resulting in portraits that are unguarded, funny, soulful, real, that capture the sprits of individuals who normally go unseen. The blown-up images pasted on urban surfaces – the sides of buildings, bridges, trains, buses, on rooftops — confront and engage audiences where they least expect it. Images of Parisian thugs are pasted up in bourgeois neighborhoods; photos of Israelis and Palestinians are posted together on both sides of the walls that separate them.

JR’s most recent project, “Women Are Heroes,” depicts women “dealing with the effects of war, poverty, violence, and oppression” from Rio de Janeiro, Phnom Penh, Delhi and several African cities. And his TED Prize wish opens an even wider lens on the world — asking us all to turn the world inside out. Visit

“I would like to bring art to improbable places, create projects so huge with the community that they are forced to ask themselves questions.”

–JR, Beaux Arts Magazine

Coming to a locale near YOU:
(This one is right in my back yard!)

“The Inside Out project gets bigger in NYC, USA! Another eye from the Native American project is up on a building at the corner of Berry St and South 5. You can see it better from the bridge…” – JR’s website

JR’s update on the Inside Out project:

Like Mother – Like Daughter

In 1988 Gov. Ann Richards delivered what has become known as a landmark speech that (in spite of the set design and more particular references to the Bush administration) could almost be taken for a 2012 DNC key-note. As it turns out the 2012 DNC did have her daughter, Cecile Richards, speak. She delivers a shorter message but in a similar style and with a nod to her mother.

I found these women interesting to listen to, and how poignant the similarity of hot button topics of yesteryear to those of today!

In Some Places Illiterate Women Still Preferred

While some of us American women question how we can enjoy and support our families while educating ourselves and building a career – highlighted in recent TED talks and the Atlantic magazine – there are still women abroad who are severely punished for aspiring to anything other than a life in the home and the fields.

We will all have individual challenges, but I would like to point out how much easier it is to hold close a sense of our own struggles along with those we naturally relate to than to empathize with the lot of others. Below is a piece of journalism aired only a couple of months ago, in May 2012. These women relate to our desire to better ourselves, have a good life, and that which is best for the family, however, they are extremely limited by local social constructs set in place by those who actively suppress the intellect and dignity of women in their community.

If women are able to hold positions of influence in other countries and communities, shouldn’t a primary concern of those women be to elevate and advocate for international respect and leadership of women at large? Rather than discussing how we may have more freedom to enjoy our spoils, can we work together, aspiring to ensure the safety and humanity of all? Some people who are aware of my interest in women’s issues ask me about it with curiosity – often thinking that the battle has been won! Indeed, I acknowledge the inexplicable privileges I have received as a women born to my parents in the exact era in which I exist, but it is too few women who are given choice and opportunity today on an international scale, which concerns me.

Therefore, I do not understand Feminism to be an issue specific to a time or place, it is for all people over all time, for the humane treatment of all people. There have been emblematic writings and pivotal moments of thought that caused people’s stance to shift, but I guarantee that this and other issues of Human Rights are not relegated to the past. Even in the U.S. we are not immune to relapsing into gender or racial privileging.

More on Indian Gendercide HERE.

Time to come together

This Kickstarter is attempting to raise the funds to complete a very important documentary on Hip-Hop around the world in communities that are struggling to find their voice – whether in the midst of revolution or breaking away from globally propagated stereotypes.

Please donate to his fund!

Related Link: Nadia Al-Sakkaf Interview on TED
(Nadia is a totally inspiring Female Newspaper Editor from Yemen, who will also be  featured in Adam’s documentary)