Japanese photographer Tsuyoshi Ozawa has been taking photographs of women holding vegetables fashioned to resemble weapons for more than a decade now. Creating the series has seen him travel all around the world to get his pictures. The vegetable weapons are created out of ingredients needed to make hot-pot type dishes that are indigenous to the particular area.
The exhibition of Ozawa’s vegetable arsenal is on display at the Misa Shin Gallery and he concludes the series by making an actual hot-pot and sharing this meal.
By travelling around the world and collecting these images of women holding their vegetable weapons it was Ozawa’s intention to highlight the stupidity of war and violence. I think it’s a really cool way of promoting peace and expresses the photographer’s pacifistic ideals. It looks like it would be a really interesting exhibition to visit and it runs until November 2nd 2012.
Be careful though folks vegetables aren’t completely harmless, I once heard a story about someone being seriously injured because a giant marrow dropped on his head from the fourth storey of a building he was walking past and I once threw a potato at my best friend in jest but which resulted in him being on crutches for a couple of weeks!