(Relaxnews) - A 17-minute short capturing a snapshot of life for the women of Rio's first favela has been posted online, documenting the unstable context into which anonymous and celebrated French artist JR placed part of his 28 Millimeters project.
The clip was uploaded in May, around the same time that JR's book Women Are Heroes was launched, but it was not until July 23 that views on host site Vimeo really took off, reaching several thousand per day instead of the one or two that had been the norm.
JR's take on street art has been compared to that of Banksy, though the Parisian has shown a preference for enormous canvases, such as the ones adorning favela buildings in "JR Women, Morro da Providência, Rio," and ones that in some way speak for the communities in which they are set.
Time-lapse photography underpins candid interviews, viewpoints switch from panoramic to claustrophobic, and women relate the events surrounding the shooting of three young men and the communal outpouring of grief that followed.
Watch "JR Women, Morro da Providência, Rio": www.vimeo.com/41920713
JR's website: www.jr-art.net