French street artist JR has a grand vision. The self-styled “photograffeur” flyposts giant photographic images in public locations around the world, from a slum in Rio to the West Bank barrier – and, most recently, the New York City Ballet.
A new exhibition in Baden-Baden, Germany, provides an overview of JR’s work. One project, Women Are Heroes, has taken the artist to Brazil, India, Cambodia and several African countries to examine the lives of women in marginal communities. In a Kenyan slum, JR plastered 2,000 sq m of rooftop with photos of locals. He also pasted images of their eyes to a train while the rest of their faces covered corrugated sheets on the slope leading from the tracks. For a brief moment as the train passed, their faces were complete. (JR/Museum Frieder Burda)