ARISING

YOKO ONO

GROWING FREEDOM: The instructions of Yoko Ono and The art of John and Yoko

As part of Yoko Ono’s project, The Vancouver Art Gallery displayed poems and testaments from individuals who self-identify as women to be part of an installation for an exhibition entitled GROWING FREEDOM: The instructions of Yoko Ono and The art of John and Yoko, on view from October 9, 2021, until May 1, 2022. After the exhibition, the writings moved to Yoko Ono's archive.

A united subconscious,

Nonetheless; our bodies at conflict,

Impulses that seem innate have you hypnotized;

You strike, we defend,

There is a disjuncture between us,

Are we not one?

What must we do to attain enduring peace-

If our actions, words, resistance do not reach you?

Shreya