Peace Mask Project

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.)

 Myong Hee Kim

Myong Hee Kim

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.

 Installation currently on view at Metro Hall Rotunda in downtown Toronto

Installation currently on view at Metro Hall Rotunda in downtown Toronto

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.'

You can get more info on this unique initiative by visiting Peace Mask Project website or their Facebook page.

Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall

Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall is the hall to memorialize the people killed in the Nanjing Massacre by theImperial Japanese Army in and around the then capital of China, Nanjing, after it fell on December 13, 1937. It is located in the southwestern corner of Nanjing known as Jiangdongmen, near a site where thousands of bodies were buried, called a "pit of ten thousand corpses"

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The Nanjing Memorial Hall was built in 1985 by the Nanjing Municipal Government in memory of the 300,000 victims who lost their lives during the Nanjing Massacre. In 1995, it was enlarged and renovated. The memorial exhibits historical records and objects, and uses architecture, sculptures, and videos to illustrate what happened during the Nanjing Massacre. Many historical items were donated by Japanese members of a Japanese–Chinese friendship group, which also donated a garden located on the museum grounds.

It occupies a total area of approximately 28,000 square meters, including about 3,000 square meters of building floor space.

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The memorial consists of three major parts: outdoor exhibits, sheltered skeletal remains of victims, and an exhibition hall of historical documents.

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Forbidden City in Beijing

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.

 Forbidden City 故宫博物馆

Forbidden City 故宫博物馆

Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

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Mutianyu - Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is comprised of many different sections reconstructed over many years. Mùtiányù 慕田峪 is a section of the Great Wall of China located in Huairou County 70 km northeast of central Beijing. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs.

First built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, Mutianyu Great Wall is older than the Badaling section of the Great Wall. In the Ming dynasty, under the supervision of General Xu Da, construction of the present wall began on the foundation of the wall of Northern Qi. In 1404, a pass was built in the wall. In 1569, the Mutianyu Great Wall was rebuilt and till today most parts of it are well preserved. The Mutianyu Great Wall has the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall.

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Built mainly with granite, the wall is 7–8.5 metres high and the top is 4–5 metres wide. Compared with other sections of Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall possesses unique characteristics in its construction. Mutianyu has 22 watchtowers on this 2,250-metre-long stretch. Both the outer and inner parapets are crenelated with merlons, so that shots could be fired at the enemy on both sides - a feature very rare on other parts of the Great Wall.

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