YOKO ONO, Sognare, 2007
98 x 68 cm
published by Museo di Santa Caterina, Treviso, Italy
The verb “sognare” is Italian for dreaming and Yoko Ono has often stated that ‘A dream you dream alone is just a dream, but a dream you dream together is reality’. She has consistently expressed her faith in the power of positive wishing. As a Fluixus artist she likes to make instruction pieces like e.g. “Painting to be Constructed in Your Head” (1962). In many cases Yoko Ono affirms the power of the viewer, by inviting him to become a co-creator of the work.
“War Is Over, if you want it” is a 1969 poster and billboard action that inspired enough political action that the president of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson sought to have Yoko Ono and John Lennon deported for fear that they would undermine his foreign policy and political fortunes.