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【Exhibition】Transforming Arms into Art: Peace-building in Mozambique

The Republic of Mozambique lies on the east coast of Southern Africa, and has a population of approximately 25 million people. Even though Mozambique became independent from Portugal on June 25, 1975, it experienced Mozambican Civil War that started in 1977 and lasted until 1992. During the war, tremendous amount of weapons flowed into the country, and after the war ended, those decommissioned weapons were left on the land and eventually owned by people. In 1995, the Transforming Arms into Ploughshares project had started. The project takes the decommissioned weapons and provides tools such as agricultural tools, bicycle, sewing machine, etc. On the other hand, retrieved weapons are destroyed and shredded, and then transformed into works of metal art. The pieces are now owned by renowned art museums including the British Museum, telling message of peace from Mozambican citizens.

In Tokyo, “Transforming Arms into Art: Peace-building in Mozambique” exhibition is scheduled to be held at the university art museum of Tokyo University of the Arts. It exhibits such works of art owned by an NPO Ehime Global Network that has supported the Transforming Arms into Ploughshares project. Please appreciate the incredible works of art and receive the messages.

【Exhibition Period】
Sat. October 17 – Mon. November 23, 2015
Closed: Mondays (but open only on Nov. 23)

Last Admission: 16:30

Main Gallery 3 in the University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts

Free of charge

NTT Hello Dial (Japanese) 03-5777-8600

Organized by Tokyo University of the Arts; National Museum of Ethnology, National Institutes for the Humanities.

Special cooperation from Ehime Global Network.

In cooperation with Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, National Institutes for the Humanities.