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February 12, 2009


Seeing Faces in Kibera, Nairobi

by quaesitor

Came across this extraordinary photographic project today – faces of Kenyan women have been blown up and placed on the roofs of Kibera slum in Nairobi. It is done by an anonymous French photographer called JR (shades of Banksy there?) as part of a project simply called women are heroes – the aim is apparently to highlight the plight of women who are the victims of violence, especially when it is domestic violence. It took a year of planning and covers 2000 sq m of rooftops, using water-resistant material that helps to keep the homes below dry as well.

But then get this: some of the pictures have been specifically placed so that when the twice-a-day train runs through the slum, the eyes match up with the faces!

HT: Visual Culture

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  1. Feb 13 2009

    This is stunning. Brilliant. Thanks for drawing my attention to it.


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