The French street artist JR has (literally) been making a big impression on the Lower East recently. It’s hard to miss his mural on the East Houston wall and lots of other wheat-paste creations throughout the neighborhood — all part of “Inside Out,” his global participatory art program. Sunday night, there’s an opportunity to see another JR project and to take part in a “Q & A” with the mysterious artist.
At the BMW Guggenheim Lab, on East Houston, there will be a screening of his film, “Women are Heroes.” Here’s the description of the documentary, a 2010 Cannes selection:
Because women are often the first victims in times of war and left to their fate in times of peace, artist and filmmaker JR honors women who, despite all the pitfalls of life, keep smiling with the strength to fight and carry hope of a better life. From the favelas of Rio to the slums of Kenya, through the streets of India and Cambodia, this movie highlights the struggles and expectations of individual women living in difficult circumstances around the world. Displaying their pictures as huge pastings on the walls of their neighborhoods and towns, JR highlights these strong and moving personalities and relates the uncommon destinies of members of a population too often overlooked.
And here’s the trailer:
The screening takes place at 8:45 tomorrow night. Go to the Guggenheim Lab’s web site for more information.