Considered the most exciting new “outsider” artist since Banksy, 25-year old Parisian JR is a hybrid photograffeur (which I assume is French for photographer + graffiti artist) who pastes massive black-and-white photographic canvases of eyes and noses and mouths in various urban environments.
His most recent project took him to Kibera, Kenya – on of the largest slums in Africa – where he and 10 unpaid assistants covered 2000 square meters of rooftops with photos of the eyes and faces of the local women. The material used is water resistant to protect the houses in the heavy rain season.
“They don’t understand art just for the love of art. it has to make sense. by helping their roofs to become rainproof, we did made sense and they loved it.”