It was a privilege to be able to attend the Peace Mask Workshop last Sunday and I was lucky enough to find a few minutes to make a portrait of the founding artist Myong Hee Kim.
(The second Peace Mask Workshop will take place at Centre for Social Innovation Spadina on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 from 1 - 3 pm. Sign up link is here.)
Peace Mask East Asia is the current initiative of Peace Mask Project, an international NPO based in Kyoto, Japan. Peace Mask East Asia was born out of a need for community-led initiatives for peace between the people of Japan, China, and Korea at a time when tensions are rising in the region. The goal of this project is to transform these tensions, especially amongst youth, through art workshops, dialogues and exhibitions.
Peace Mask Project mission statement: 'These unique and expressive facial impressions are made from traditional hand-made papers. Individually, each mask represents a serene symbol of peaceful spirit. Shown together in large wall murals, the collective masks serve as a reminder that the fate of humanity depends on allowing for and appreciating diversity while striving towards more meaningful cooperation.'