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 an open participatory program that integrates rights education, community engagement, public art, and advocacy.

Now called WE ARE COMMON, the socially engaged art project 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 installed material features a visual dialogue of multi-representational portraits merged with illustration, performance, installation, new media and/or other artistic forms made through community collaboration.

The final interactive mural with the subject’s faces replaced by mirrors allow diverse audiences to relate with the work through reflections, both literally and figuratively. Audiences can also engage online through social media conversation and respond with their realizations about the piece with a custom title of each public mural #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 our own selves 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... WE ARE COMMON.