For almost two years now the human species faces an invisible, faceless, brainless yet highly efficient enemy: a virus that menaces our lives and our way of life. While the virus does not discriminate and treat us all equally, this menace exposed our fragility not only as beings, but also as a society – social inequality, government control, structural racism and domestic violence as being some of the issues that were exacerbated by this crisis. Furthermore, confinement forced us into an unprecedented period of isolation, during which we had to face ourselves, and try to find alternative ways of being together and connected to each other.
Researchers worldwide have pointed to the fact that the transmission of viruses from wild animal species to humans is directly related to the degradation of ecosystems provoked by human economical and commercial activities. A lot of the factors that facilitated the emergence of this pandemic is closely linked to the global climate crisis and the rest of environmental disruptions of the Anthropocene. So while the first and more urgent response to the pandemic should be focused on human health, we need to think of new ways of being in this planet and to build a more sustainable, just, inclusive society.
The COMMON GROUND PROJECT proposes a creation of an international database of artworks produced from December 2019 to December 2021, that deal directly or indirectly with these questions. We invite artists around the world to share video, image, sound, text and/or web based pieces. Out of this database, a series of online and offline events and exhibitions will be curated.
The main immediate goal is to collect a large and varied snapshot of artistic reactions to the covid-19 pandemic. How did people in various corners of the world cope with the confinement and the post-confiment? How can we reshape the world and break with old patterns? This project should grow exponentially, and beyond the covid-19 crisis, so we can keep reflecting on how to create common grounds amonst humans and between humans and more-than-humans.
participating artists (as of October 2021)
Aline Yasmin & Alex Cepile (BR/BE) | Anna Berndtson & Yingmei Duan (DE) | Anthony Siarkiewicz (US/DE) | Carlos Landaeta (BE) | Carlosmagno Rodrigues (BR) | Cecilia Dougherty (US) | Christophe Litou (FR) | Craca (BR) | Daniel Silvo (ES) | Davi Cavalcante (BR) | Fumiharu Sato & Hiroko Haraguchi (JP) | Gauthier Keyaerts (BE) | Gerard Chauvin (FR) | Gustavo Marcasse (BR) | Isa Belle + Paradise Now (BE) | Ivelina Ivanova (BG) | John Sanborn (US) | Jorge Lozano (CN) | Katia Maciel (BR) | Kent Tate (CN) | Kika Nicolela (BR/BE) | Luana Lacerda (BR) | Luis Vassallo (BR) | Marcia Beatriz Granero (BR) | Marina Fomenko (RU) | Mateusz Vianna (BR) | Mike Hoolboom (CN) | Nia Pushkarova (BG) | Nung-Hsin Hu (US) | Philippe Boisnard (FR) | Phyllis Baldino (US) | Rejani Cantoni + Mirella Brandi + Muep Etmo (BR) | Samuel Bester (FR) | Sara Não Tem Nome (BR) | Simon Dumas (CN) | Simon Guiochet (FR) | Sonia Guggisberg (BR) | Susana Lopez (ES) | Ulf Kristiansen (NO)