A few weeks ago a 363 meter long ship left the Port of le Havre, France to cross the world all the way to Malaysia. 2600 strips of paper were pasted by JR and his team in only 10 days on the containers with the dockers of the port. Guillaume Cagniard made a movie about this project, entitled RIVAGES, and explains this collaboration :
"I wanted to show through the portraits of dockers an example of a profession embodied by proud and solitary men. Deeply rooted in traditional values, passed on from father to son, these dockers challenge the constant coming and going of ships. I wanted to pay tribute to the various trades in the port, without which JR's project would not have been possible. The port is a very secluded place, closed off by barriers, without any women. One can only become a docker strictly through father-son legacies. That is what I wanted to show with the three generations of dockers stacked on top of each other, watching the boat drift away. Thanks to our exchange, a friendship was born. They joined us to paste the eyes of a woman, the first woman on the port."
In 2007, Women Are Heroes was created to pay tribute to those who play an essential role in society, but who are the primary victims of war, crime, rape or political and religious fanaticism. They gave their trust and they asked for a single promise “make my story travel with you”. Women Are Heroes is ending with a ship leaving a port, with a huge image which turns microscopic after a few steps closer, with the idea of these women who stay in their villages and face difficulties in the regions torn by wars and poverty facing the infinity of the ocean. We have no idea where and how people have seen this artwork but we are sure that some women far away felt something seeing this boat.
Click here to watch the movie. More stills below.