Last week, I stumbled across the most amazing London art exhibition, which I cannot shut up about. Seriously, I’ve already told ½ of my office and all of my friends about it. So, whilst you are out looking for Halloween costumes this week, you must stop by JR’s London art exhibition, entitled ‘28 Millimetres: Women’, near Tottenham Court Road tube station.
The installation is divided into three parts, all of which are worth seeing. I started out in the Charing Cross Road wing of the Lazarides London contemporary art gallery, which is plastered, floor to ceiling, with portraits of the people that JR encountered during his journey through Morro da Providencia, a small, hillside community in Rio De Janeiro.
Upon entry, I was immediately overtaken by the music and colourful imagery of a most compelling video, which not only arrests the viewer into a trance with its ‘video game’ effect (you feel like you are zipping through the maze of alleyways and terraces that constitutes this tiered village), but importantly, details the plights of the women, who have lost their husbands and family members to local acts of violence.
As the video plot unravelled, I began to realise the social aims – and enormous scale – of JR’s project. He had worked with several members of the community to create and publicly mount a series of massive photographs, which are now, literally, peering out over Guanabara bay in Rio De Janeiro.
To get a better idea of what I’m talking about, click the following link to JR’s website, click Brazil on the map, and then click ‘Actions’. Go ahead, do it!
Pretty cool, huh?
Lucky for us, JR has reconstructed a sample of this magnificent community display right here in London – just around the corner from the video and photograph installation at Lazarides Art Gallery. You can’t miss it!
The last part of the exhibit can be found in the Lazarides Greek Street Location, where some of JR’s work is for sale.
JR’s ‘Women’ project continues to span the globe, as he reaches out to women in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, Kenya, and soon, parts of India and Asia.
Once more, the exhibition details:
Artist – JR
Project – 28 Millimetres: WOMEN
Location – Lazarides Art Gallery
121 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EW
8 Greek Street, London, W1D 4DG