Performance, Movie and Exhibition travels to Japan & China
Art for International Peace Activism:
An Artist Works for Global Peace
Artist J. Kadir Cannon will travel
this spring, from his home in Narberth, PA to Japan and China, because
he believes that artists, as observers of society, are uniquely positioned
to be agents for social change in society. Joining the ranks of artists
like Picasso and Goya who have forced the public to face the horrors of
war, Cannon is working to create an international alliance of artists
who will help change the militaristic course of today’s global society.
To begin this process of artists joining in peace making, Cannon will
do workshops, create improvisational peace actions, and show his anti-war
movie in Japan and China this spring.
In Japan, he will present programs in Hiroshima and work with members
of the World Friendship Center. He will give public art performances and
presentations, visit schools, and engage in community discussions with
artists, educators, and peace activists. Cannon will present his 31-minute
movie Who’s Telling our Story? with his live narration and Japanese
subtitles. The movie/performance uses images from his art exhibition,
Anguished Art: Outcries for Peace, which has been exhibited in several
different galleries in the United States. This video performance questions
the role of corporate and military interventions in modern life and asks
viewers to think critically about the media inaccuracies and inadequacies
inhibiting thoughtful and peaceful global citizenship. Premiered at Wilmington
College’s Westheimer Peace Symposium in October 2005, Cannon’s
film movingly depicts the horror and futility of war, and admonishes us,
as does war correspondent Chris Hedges, to “guard against the myth
of war and the drug of war” to redirect our focus on peace.
From Hiroshima, Cannon will travel to Kyoto and Toyohashi, Japan. In Toyohashi,
he will direct an art collaboration performance with local artists and
activists. They will stage a joint public Peace Art Performance at Toyohashi
Station on April 23rd. Using banners, masks and large painted scrolls,
they will create an artistic piece protesting proposed re-militarization
of Japanese society through changes to the Japanese constitution and the
expansion of the United States military and nuclear arsenal in Japan and
through out the world.
From Japan, he will travel to Beijing, Bagualing, Rugao, and Shanghai,
China to promote greater understanding between the United States and China.
Cannon will meet with innovative artists to initiate a joint art exchange
exhibition and symposium to be presented in both China and the United
Stated. This joint exhibition, One World Art Alliance, will encompass
themes of peaceful resolution of conflict, understanding of diverse cultures,
and the recognition of the one human family.
Cannon will be traveling with his wife, Sue, an educator, who will be
speaking at various schools and university classes in Japan and China,
eliciting children’s expressions of peace in poetry and outlining
peace education strategies for future teachers. Many of their activities
will be collaborations as a husband-and-wife-team.
For further information on Cannon’s artwork, please visit his website
at www.jkadircannon.com paying special attention to the Human Cost of
War gallery and the Movies and Current Exhibitions sections.