REYKJAVIK — Women anywhere in the world to whom harm has been done – simply because they are women – have been invited by conceptual art pioneer Yoko Ono to write the stories of their abuse and send them to Iceland’s main art museum.
Her project, Arising, also asks the women to submit photographs of their eyes to accompany the statements – to give viewers a powerful, anonymous sense of their presence.
The testimonies will be exhibited from October to February in the Hafnarhus, one of three venues that make up the Reykjavík Art Museum in the Icelandic capital.
The show is the second incarnation of the crowdsourced work, which debuted at the Venice Biennale in 2013. At that time, the women’s documents and photos were exhibited in the Palazzo Bembo, accompanied by a pile of female mannikins that had been torched and burned in a public action on one of the islands in the Venetian lagoon.
The Reykjavík exhibition (without burnt bodies) opens on October 7 and runs until early February, but a press release from the museum notes that Arising is “an ongoing project and it will always be possible to add testaments.”
Here is Ono’s invitation:
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.
Testaments and photos can be sent by mail to: Arising, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland, or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org