The mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Angel Mancera, awarded the status of Distinguished Visitor to the artist, Yoko Ono, who has been on a visit to the capital since Monday.
He stated that the city would become an urban gallery to showcase Yoko Ono’s work, which he stated was a message of peace, and of the freedoms and rights of women. Mancera also vowed to promote Yoko’s exphibition, Land of Hope, currently on show in the city’s Museum of Memory and Tolerance.
(SOUNDBITE, Spanish) – Miguel Angel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City
“I believe that today, more than ever, our country and the entire world needs this message more than ever. This is because the world is suffering from many situations that we do not wish to see, with numerous situations o hunger, of despair and of injustice.”
After receiving the award from the mayor of Mexico City, Yoko stated that women must play a larger role in society and are not simply dependent on men.
(SOUNDBITE, English) – Yoko Ono, Artist
“Most people, especially men, think over they have to give something, as if we were dependent on them but we are not. We are standing up and we know that if doors open for us, we will not be afraid and we will achieve far more. ”
“Land of Hope” is a conceptual project that involves a call for peace, respect for human dignity and an end to discrimination. It brings together a representative selection of 16 pieces, which chart the trajectory of the Japanese artist over more than 50 years, with pieces ranging from the 1960s to the present day.