‘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’
Yoko Ono is looking for women with personal “testaments of harm” for her latest art project.
The Japanese multimedia artist shared the open call on her Facebook page last week, along with a brief description of the upcoming show. Apparently titled “Arising”, it will collect women’s stories of discrimination and trauma, and showcase them at the Reykjavik Art Museum later this year.
The full callout, written all in caps, was posted by Ono on September 6. “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,” it reads. “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.”
According to the statement, all applicants should accompany their written testament with a “PHOTOGRAPH” of their “EYES”. The story and the eyes will then be displayed together to ensure the women involved are being both heard and seen. “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.”
If you’re interested in being part of the project, you can send in your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. The process is ongoing, so you technically have until February 5 – the last day of the exhibition – to get involved.