We are pleased to announce that International University of Japan (IUJ) will hold an exhibition in conjunction with “IUJ Open Seminar” that is put on for the local community.
1. “Arms into Art” Exhibition
Duration: February 26 – 28
Open: 10:00-17:00 (except 2/28, when the exhibit will close at 15:00)
Venue: MLIC 3F Hall
The exhibition will also be held at Ikeda Art Museum in Minami-Uonuma City during March 3 – 29. (URL: http://www.ikedaart.jp/)
2. IUJ Open Seminar (conducted in Japanese)
Title: “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Community Creation”
Speaker: Yoshiko Takeuchi, President, NPO Ehime Global Network
Date and time: February 26, 18:00-19:30
Venue: MLIC 3F Hall, IUJ
More about the events:
Having been independent since 1975, Mozambique experienced a Civil War that started in 1977 and lasted until 1992. After the war ended, a high volume of firearms remained in the country. In 1995, the TAE project (Transformação de Armas em Enxadas/ Transforming Arms into Tools) started. Decommissioned arms were collected and replaced with farming tools and bicycles, sewing machine, etc. Retrieved weapons were broken down, and then transformed into sculptural forms of art. Pieces of this artwork have reached an international public including renowned art museums such as the British Museum, representing both the tragedy of that war and the human triumph of those who achieved a lasting peace.
IUJ will offer an exhibition that displays pieces of artwork owned by NPO Ehime Global Network (EGN), which supported the TAE project from Japan. The IUJ Open Seminar will also be conducted by the President of EGN for people in local community.
Many students from Mozambique and African countries have been studying at IUJ. It has also accepted many students, faculty and researchers from countries that have experienced civil war including Cambodia and Sri Lanka.
IUJ will present the exhibition and seminar, hoping that new forms of cooperation will be generated among universities, students and people in Uonuma, Niigata, Japan and the world by way of IUJ where the world gathers.
Seminar and Exhibition Team
Organized by: International University of Japan
Ikeda Art Museum
Cooperation: NPO Ehime Global Network
Niigata “Arms into art exhibition” Committee
Supported by: Minami-Uonuma City