Yoko Ono will debut a new project about gender violence at the Reykjavik Art Museum in October, and she’s soliciting contributions from the public.
In a Facebook post last week, the songwriter/artist called on “women of all ages, from all countries of the world” to “send a testament of harm done to you for being a woman.” The post, entirely in caps, continued, “Write in your own language, in your own words, and write however openly you wish.”
The project, dubbed Arising, won’t be the first time Ono has tackled the subject of violence against women. For her 1964 performance art project Cut Piece, she knelt on a stage and asked audience members to cut off pieces of her clothing with a pair of scissors.
Below, read her full Facebook post, followed by a clip from Cut Piece.
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.