An exhibition of the Japanese creator will be at the Metropolitan Cultural Center of Quito. She opened a call to set up the Resurgence installation.
When Yoko Ono met John Lennon, he did not know he was a Beatle. He went to an art gallery called Inca – where the most underground of London was exhibited – because he knew there would be a big show with people in black sacks. In his tour of the place he met for the first time with a work by Ono. It was an apple whose putrefaction process sold for 200 pounds.
Then he saw a staircase leading to a painting hanging from the ceiling. It looked like a black canvas with a spyglass hanging from its end. Lennon climbed the stairs and with some hidden letters read in tiny the word ‘Yes’. That gesture made him feel relieved. When he was introduced to the artist, Ono gave him a card that said ‘Breathe’ and he followed the game.
From the first works presented by Yoko Ono in a marginal context of institutionalized art, she has dedicated herself to giving instructions. At that time he had published a book called Grapefruit, in which he suggested to the readers to do things like ‘Paint until you fall dead’.
After the world referred to her as always the widow of a Beatle or the cause of the separation of one of the most iconic bands of the twentieth century, her work is no longer underground, but has its own weight.
Yoko Ono not only accompanied Lennon in her solo career, she also directed part of her performances and was one of the first female voices to record her own orgasm live.
In recent years she has presented her work in three countries in Latin America: Mexico, Argentina and Chile. In May she would present her work at the Metropolitan Cultural Center of Quito (MET). However, as in the last samples she has made, she would not be present due to medical indications.
This week the MET opened a call for the sample to be made by Ono in Ecuador, with her signature. This would be from June 23 to September 16, 2018 and one of the first tracks of the Quito institution on the opening of the exhibition is the open call to put together the installation of the work called Resurgiendo (http: //www.yoko- ono-metquito.com/).
Through this, the Japanese artist seeks to make visible gender violence towards Latin American women. Ask to send a testimony of abuse suffered as a woman. “Write the testimony in your own language, with your own words, and do it with all the frankness you want. Send a photograph of your eyes, “says the ad.
Yoko Ono gives instructions again. “The instructions are small actions that unite the instructive and the poetry, which in turn materializes in a performative idea. They have a lot to do with Eastern philosophy, with small acts and rituals, “said Agustín Pérez Rubio, Artistic Director of the Museum of Latin American Art and one of the co-curators of the exhibition that the artist did in Argentina and Chile, called Dream come true.
In this sample, Ono had already incorporated the call she made through the work Resurging. “Yoko is one of the first feminist artists. In her broad artistic practice, the idea of the community is very present and one of the pillars of his work has been the proposals against violence, “said Pérez Rubio.
According to the information that has been advanced for the moment, the MET also prepares a book about the work, which will include a selection of testimonies and photographs. While Resurgiendo will expand its route to other countries. (I)