Artistic resistance on the ground: France’s JR creates giant portrait for Ukraine
26 March 2022 | 4:38 pm
French street artist JR travelled to the Ukrainian city of Lviv to install one of his trademark giant portraits. It features a small, smiling Ukrainian girl, dressed for winter, captured in black and white. JR says "this little girl reminds us what Ukrainians are fighting for". Five-year-old Valeria is one of the millions of the refugees to have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion.
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