Antinuclear exhibition: "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit"
The exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was created by SGI in 2007 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Soka Gakkai Second President Josei Toda's Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (made on September 8, 1957).
The exhibition was launched on September 8, 2007, in New York at a civil society forum to galvanize public opinion toward the abolition of nuclear weapons and the creation of a culture of peace, specifically aimed at mobilizing youth. It has been shown in a total of 200 venues in 24 countries, including showings at the UN Office at Geneva and The Parliament House in Wellington, New Zealand.
The exhibition--available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Thai--consists of four sections with a total of 36 panels.
- Section 1: Ensuring Human Security
- Section 2: Arms-Based Security vs. Human Security
- Section 3: Changing Our Worldview
- Section 4: Global Efforts for Peace
Nuclear weapons stand at the top of the pyramid of violence, the pervasive influence of which hangs heavily over our daily lives as conflicts between communities, distrust, crime, domestic violence and abuse. At the bottom of this pyramid lies the silent, passive form of violence that is a lack of concern for others' sufferings.
The exhibition emphasizes that the fundamental solution to the nuclear issue--as well as a transformation from arms-based security to human security, from a culture of war to a culture of peace--requires a change in the human heart and that we triumph over violence.
To view pictures of the exhibition held in various countries, click either image
- News article on exhibition at the Oslo City Hall Gallery, Norway
- News article on launch of exhibition and Decade of Action for Nuclear Abolition at New York's Cooper Union
- News article on exhibition launch at Geneva UN Headquarters
- News article on exhibition at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Australia
For further information, please contact Emiko Kubo