paint the gap

A few months ago we mentioned that JR had won the TED Prize and created Inside Out with the money he received. The work that JR creates is nothing short of extraordinary.  He glues his huge black and white portraits across the tops of trains, walls dividing countries at war, decrepit buildings and across favelas. His works of art are not only visually stimulating, but politically charged. With Face2Face, JR wanted to know “why Palestinians and Israelis couldn’t find a way to get along together.”

His work in the Brazilian favelas was, of course a work of art. But it also created beauty where such a thing is hard to come by.

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We recently came across Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn who founded the Favela Painting Project. In 2006 the two began toying with the idea of community-driven art interventions in Brazil. The results were these two huge murals in Vila Cruzeiro. All their projects are in collaboration with the local youth. They receive an education and a paycheque.

images via designboom

Their latest project in Santa Marta is on an even bigger scale. This explosion of colour converted 34 homes into pieces of art.

image via Favela Painting

Help Jeroen and Dre realize their dream of painting an entire Favela. Go here to see how you can help.

In a way, both JR’s and Jeroen and Dre’s projects are about bridging the huge communication gap that exists between people on the inside and people on the outside. Whether these insides and outsides are favelas and “everybody else”, warring countries, the youth and the police, or women and the world, these artists create magnificence in the most unlikely places.


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Two Sarah Lawrence grads armed with their cameras, who have a penchant for making things pretty, following their eyes, following their hearts, even if they aren't always standing on their own two feet.
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3 Responses to paint the gap

  1. worldartt says:

    Cool photos!

    Check out some of the most beautiful places in the world at

  2. Anupama pant says:

    Such a beautiful idea.Thanks for sharing it.

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