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Artist highlights mothers of victims of violence in Venezuela

Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters

Volunteers put up large portraits of women whose children were victims of violence in Caracas, Venezuela, Nov. 19. Close to 52 five-metre high portraits were pasted on walls of poor and commercial areas of the city as part of a project called "Esperanza" (hope) by French artist JR. The project is in line with JR's world project "Inside Out", which aims to highlight stories about ordinary people through large portraits displayed on outdoor facades.

Just last week I posted about the rescue of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos from kidnappers, so the timing of the artist's work in Venezuela seems to be fortuitous considering such a high-profile case caught the attention of many people both inside and outside the crime-ridden country's borders.

To see more of artist JR's work around the world, check out his site.

Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters

Volunteers put up a large portrait of a woman whose son was a victim of violence, in Caracas, Venezuela, Nov. 19.