My jaw hit the ground when I saw these photos at the Design with the Other 90%: CITIES exhibit at the U.N. headquarters this weekend. The exhibit is comprised of "sixty projects, proposals, and solutions that address the complex issues arising from the unprecedented rise of informal settlements in emerging and developing countries." This particular project, by artist JR, is part of a series he calls Women Are Heroes.

According to the Design with the Other 90%: CITIES website, "JR captures extreme close-ups of women’s faces and covers informal settlements with large-scale reproductions of the images. The women actively participate by telling their stories and taking part in the artistic process...Such intimate portraits pasted in these urban landscapes allow passersby to encounter these women as large, central figures in their communities."

Brilliant! New Yorkers, click here for information on how to view the Design with the Other 90%: CITIES exhibit yourselves. (It's open til January 9th - and it's free!)


  1. wow!! i have to go see it next time in ny!

  2. my jaw hit the ground, too! this is so powerful, i'm in awe. thanks for sharing.

  3. Joana - Yes, if you're in town before January 9th, definitely check it out!

  4. so rad! what an amazing concept/project!



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