A community-based collaborative ART project from the people and for the people

On February 2018, Philippine National Arts Month, the interactive mural installation Common was born. It was presented at the Fringe Arts Festival Manila in partnership with Commune PH and Pineapple Lab. Supported by the Paris Megacities Urban Planning and Social Impact Initiative Prize and in line with Eya’s artistic practice, the idea of Common was then developed to become a socially engaged art project that integrates rights education, community engagement, public art, and advocacy.

WE ARE COMMON intends to contribute in transforming lives by communicating various causes and advocacies and by extending platforms of creativity that facilitates the essential promotion of our identity, capacity, relationship with the community, and the universality of our rights and our experiences in our culture. The co-creation process involves components of artmaking, creative communication, and values formation workshops gearing to the actualization of a large scale wheatpasted photograph for public display. The final installed material features a visual dialogue of multi-representational portraits merged with illustration, installation, new media and/or other artistic forms made through community collaboration. The mural piece allow audiences to interact with the work through reflections literally and figuratively, and they can also engage online by sharing their realizations with #WeAreCommoninNameofLocation.

WE ARE COMMON is a visceral moment of connection from the people and for the people. It invites us all to harness our freedom of thought and tap on our innermost identities. It attempts to influence perception of ourselves which can consequently effect attitudinal change on how we see others and how we value our togetherness. We might be different from one another, but what make us all the same is we are all people and we all have stories to tell. Stories that explore our commonality. Stories that remind us of our humanity. Stories that lead us towards a better understanding, compassion, and respect of every person’s rights and dignity.

Because each and every race, gender, color, status, religion, language, and nationality, at the end of it all...