beijing: golden ladders

© faurschou foundation / photography: jonathan leijonhufvud

although generally known around the planet as 'the wife of', yoko ono [1933] was actually an artist in her own right. after modest stints in new york city's in the 1960s she met john lennon, and the love birds kicked off an artistic trajectory as a single entity, albeit one with ono seemingly less in the global limelight. since lennon's tragic death in 1980, the tokyo-born creative gradually re-estabilshed herself in the arts scene with various multimedia projects – also to keep the hugely popular legacy of her late husband alive – and has exhibited at leading venues across the planet. currently on at faurschou foundation's gallery space in beijing is an exhibition which gives an insight in ono's extensive career as an independent artist. entitled golden ladders, the showcase presents her most significant pieces from her early years as an artist in the u.s., in addition to a series of large installations which evoke an immersive experience.

arguably the most notable of these installations are golden ladders, a set-up which quite interestingly invites visitors to bring their own golden ladder and add it to the ones on display, and the one which lends the show its name. the wish tree for beijing garden installation, is planted with pine, bamboo and plum trees, allowing visitors to write a wish and hang it onto a branch of a tree. when the show ends, all of wishes will be collected and sent to ono’s imagine peace tower in reykjavík. also on display is to see the sky, a symbolic new work which sends out a message that the journey to the light is accompanied by danger, and comprises of a spiral staircase which becomes harder to climb when getting closer to the top [on through jul 3]. location: 2 jiuxianqiao lu [dashanzi 798].

© faurschou foundation / photography: jonathan leijonhufvud