Yoko Ono at Leeds

Ono, Yoko and Abbott, Andy (2019) Yoko Ono at Leeds. [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

The output is an exhibition of Yoko Ono (b.1933), an internationally renowned multimedia artist and peace activist. A chief proponent of the Fluxus movement, Yoko Ono is known for her performance and instruction-based artworks which have been shown internationally. For this exhibition, a selection of her interactive installations, Wish Trees, Mend Piece, Add Color (Refugee Boat) and Arising were on display. We, the audience, were invited to complete the artworks; in Add Color (Refugee Boat) (1966/2019) we were asked to add paint resembling mud and blood; for Wish Trees (1996/2019) we could add our wishes written down on tags; anonymous testimonials were hung on the wall with Ono’s in Arising (2013/2019; in Mend Piece (1966/2019) we could repair cups and saucers whilst thinking about mending the world. The exhibition attracted national and regional media attention including articles published in The Times and The Yorkshire Post. A review was published with Corridor 8 while an interpretation text by Andy Abbott accompanied the exhibition.

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