The 50 Most Iconic Artworks of the Past Five Years

4. Women Are Heroes by JR, 2008-2009

Women Are Heroes by French "urban artivist" JR is an unrivaled and unprecedented work. His project took place around the globe, and with the help of over 100 people was able to complete this beautiful (and at times haunting) feat. The project began with a set of intimate portraits of women from a variety of places: Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Brazil, Kenya, Sudan, and India. All of the women he photographed had endured extreme trauma and hardship in their lifetimes, and some as young as 13 years old were featured. The photographs of these women were then printed in monumental scale and pasted on the public spaces of the world: the favela walls and stairwells in Brazil in addition to rooftops and train cars in Kenya.

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