Depiction of a residency over the slope
(Image credit: JR)

The work of French photographer JR is all about perception – how we process the world privately, and how his typically large-scale work fits within it publicly.

JR’s show

(Image credit: JR)

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A recent image, full-height on the river-facing façade of London's Tate Modern as part of the museum's Street Art exhibition, portrayed a black man aiming what appeared to be a gun barrel straight up the Millennium Bridge but which, upon closer inspection, revealed itself to be a harmless video camera.

A new project, 28 Millimetres: WOMEN, depicts impoverished women the artist met in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, invisible figures resigned to lives of relentless crime, violence, and economic repression. Women unaccustomed to being celebrated, certainly, much less to having blown-up portraits of their faces plastered onto public infrastructure.

The startling effect, of black and white eyes peering out, somehow organically, from the tumble of buildings down the side of a mountain, or from the back of a pedestrian stairway, compels public conversation, thought, and ultimately recognition; it at once confirms and affirms these women's place in the world.

The work will be presented in a double show at Lazarides Gallery in London's Greek Street and Charring Cross linked, in between, by street art on the facades of city buildings mimicking the nature of the original project.


Lazarides Greek Street
8 Greek Street
London W1D 4DG

Lazarides Charing Cross
125 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0EW


Harriet Lloyd-Smith was the Arts Editor of Wallpaper*, responsible for the art pages across digital and print, including profiles, exhibition reviews, and contemporary art collaborations. She started at Wallpaper* in 2017 and has written for leading contemporary art publications, auction houses and arts charities, and lectured on review writing and art journalism. When she’s not writing about art, she’s making her own.