Yoko Ono's New Project Confronts the Subject of Gender Violence
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:38:16
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Yoko Ono is looking for contributions from the public for her new project which deals with the subject of gender violence. The project, which will be called Arising, will debut at the Reykjavik Art Museum in October.
This is the second time Ono has dealt with violence against women through her art; in 1964, her performance art piece Cut saw her kneeling in front of her audience and asking women to cut off a piece of their clothing with scissors.
In a Facebook post dated September 6, Ono said (in all-caps):
"WOMEN OF ALL AGES, FROM ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A TESTAMENT OF HARM DONE TO YOU FOR BEING A WOMAN. WRITE YOUR TESTAMENT IN YOUR OWN LANGUAGE, IN YOUR OWN WORDS, AND WRITE HOWEVER OPENLY YOU WISH. YOU MAY SIGN YOUR FIRST NAME IF YOU WISH, BUT DO NOT GIVE YOUR FULL NAME. SEND A PHOTOGRAPH OF YOUR EYES. THE TESTAMENTS OF HARM AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOUR EYES WILL BE EXHIBITED IN MY INSTALLATION ARISING, OCTOBER 7, 2016 – FEBRUARY 5 2017, AT REYKJAVÍK ART MUSEUM. I VERY MUCH HOPE FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION."
Earlier this month, Ono joined Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Iggy Pop and many other artists in campaigning to raise funds for the ongoing refugee crisis and victims of religious and political violence. That campaign centered around the song "We Are Not Afraid" by Nigerian singer Majek Fashek.
See Ono's Cut here:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff