Some art, some activism

“Our beautiful daughters”:Artist Yoko Ono flanked by Roshni (left) and Parul (right) of Vadehra Art Gallery which is mounting her new show in New Delhi.

“Our beautiful daughters”:Artist Yoko Ono flanked by Roshni (left) and Parul (right) of Vadehra Art Gallery which is mounting her new show in New Delhi.  

Artist-activist Yoko Ono, wife of Beatle John Lennon, is here

Multi-faceted Japanese personality Yoko Ono, on a ten-day trip to India these days, is going to give discerning Indian art lovers a feel of what avant-garde international art is all about.

The artist-activist last visited the country on a pilgrimage with her famous husband John Lennon, of The Beatles fame, during the 1970s. This time round, Delhi's Vadehra Art Gallery is hosting a two-month-long exhibition of her experimental works.

The exhibition promises to generate unusual interest among Indian art aficionados given the fact that Yoko Ono has a knack of coming up with out-of-the-box ideas, like one of her conceptual works which was placed on the floor and became a complete art work upon the accumulation of footprints.

Her new show, “Our Beautiful Daughters”, focuses on the issue of gender. Yoko Ono has created a special installation that highlights challenges faced by women. A parallel exhibition titled “The Seeds” offering a glimpse into her earlier films and collaborations with other artists will be held at the gallery's other premises in Defence Colony, also in the Capital.

A noted peacenik, Yoko seeks to give Indian women a position of dignity. “India has many intelligent beautiful women. I love them because despite their suffering they are still standing on their own feet. Women are in a difficult position than men in many societies. They have unique qualities and their understanding of how nature is sustaining itself is tremendous. Men want to be powerful be it politics, law, creating war or suppressing people who are not powerful than them. The more you do this the more we are heading for a doomsday scenario,” says she.

The septuagenarian, sporting her trademark sunglasses and hat, has a word of caution for those who do not give women their due respect. “If we can hold on to woman power then we may survive. It must not be forgotten that women are the creators of the human race. They need to be treated properly. The struggle for world peace and woman power is parallel. If we achieve peace, freedom and justice for women then only can we see a peaceful society.”

Yoko said she needs to learn all about what is happening in India through her local women colleagues. “But I know for a fact that India and China are fast emerging as great economic powers.”

Talking about her exhibition, Yoko has come out with wish trees that will be installed at two dozen institutions across Delhi. People can write their views on a scrap of paper that would be tied on the wish tree.

The wish tree was first made in 1996 inspired by her childhood experience of visiting a temple in Japan. “It is for everyone. I wanted to make something totally original. The wishes will be sent to Imagine Peace Tower (a memorial to John Lennon) in Iceland,” she says.

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