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Photos by JR and
JR (born 1983 in France) is a photographer and street artist. His large scale images can be seen pasted on walls around the world. The work centres around themes like commitment, freedom, identity and limit. JR has exhibited his art at Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, Watari-Um in Tokyo, Frieder Burda Museum in Baden-Baden or Power Station of Art in Shanghai.
Women Are Heroes (2009), the project exhibited at Cultur, underlines the pivotal role of women in society. Shot in Asia and Africa, the photos of women in their daily lives were posted on the walls of their village and in the whole world.
For more of JR's work visit jr-art.net
Jens Andersson (born 1974 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a photographer from the street and this is where he finds his inspiration: The Stockholm skateboard scene, homeless people, fashion, and friends gloriously bbq-ing in the nude. His work has been exhibited in cities around the world – Stockholm, Amsterdam, Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles to name a few.
Slussen is a documentary project about urban decay. Most of it was shot right before the Slussen area in Stockholm was demolished. The photos are all layered with maps and blueprints from the the time when it was built. A time travel document from the late 1930s until 2017.
For more of Jens Andersson's work, visit thejens.com
In 2009, some 2000 square meters of rooftops in Kibera, Kenya, were covered with photos of local women. In some cases photos of eyes were pasted on trains and the bottom half of the women's faces were pasted on the slope leading down from the tracks to the rooftops. The idea being that for the split second the train passes, their eyes matched their smiles and their faces were complete.
These Cambodian women lived in the Day Krahorn slum on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. The city was going through a real estate boom. Rents sored and many new buildings were constructed. The women JR meet were fighting the authorities and developers, trying to keep themselves and their families from being moved.
When JR posted the pictures of local women In Monrovia, Liberia, the reactions were immediate. People were asking lots of questions. Why faces? Why women? Did they do something special? Why here? What does it mean? Are these women all dead? Those who understood shared it with the others.
Slussen #8, 2015
Slussen #1, 2016
Slussen #3, 2016