An Open Call From Yoko Ono to the Women of the World

Women across the world are being invited to participate in Arising; Yoko Ono’s latest project. The artist has called for women of all ages, from all countries of the world to share their stories of the harm done to them simply for being a woman.

The installation will consist of these testimonies along with photographs of each woman’s eyes, and will be exhibited at the Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland, where Arising will be held from October 7th – February 5th 2017.

Ono was made an honorary citizen of Reykjavik in 2013, and the Icelandic capital is where her Imagine Peace Tower is located. The work of art was conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon, and symbolises their continuing campaign for world peace.

The activist frequently discusses women’s rights on her twitter account, where she shared the call for women to take part in her project. Submissions to Arising can be sent by mail or email, or you can even take them in person.

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The full open call from the artist reads:

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.

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