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Join us in contributing to Common Ground, a new, participatory exhibition celebrating the opening of our expanded Ferring East Wing led by artist, Olaniyi Akindiya.

Common Ground is a place to be together in this moment: an opportunity for us all to forget our differences, what positions we hold in society or any of the other cultural forces that push us apart.

Common Ground is designed not only as an exhibition, but also as an ongoing collaboration with the community. There is work by the artist throughout COCA to inspire visitors to see, think, discuss, decide. The heart of the exhibit is made of modular, interchangeable pieces that symbolize the human form and are easy to manipulate. Each visitor can choose to add, move, or take away any element, creating an ever-evolving visual dialogue throughout the course of the exhibition. It will be built in by the visitors, in constant flux. The modular human figures become the tools for all of us to tell our new stories of today and what we hope tomorrow should give birth to. This piece gives us the chance to rewrite the wrong, to understand we cannot do anything about what has happened, but we can make tomorrow a better place for the next generation. Resiliency lies in us coming together to honor and celebrate our differences.

Artist Olaniyi Akindiya Discusses Common Ground


About the Artist: 

Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH, was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He earned his first BSC degree in Biochemistry from the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Nigeria (1991), before going on to study Fine and Applied Art at Institute of Textile Technology Art & Design Lagos (1995). He now lives and works Austin Texas. His work focuses on moments of time, fleeting moments that can be easily forgotten or transformed; reflecting on rural versus urban life, the accelerated pace of development and social infrastructure. His works and performative activities play around social subjectivities of identity, Health, education, equality, gun violence, races, religion with dramatic components, breaking down conventional barriers.

Read our Interview with the Artist here

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Public Appointments available:

Wednesday – Friday
5:00PM | 5:45PM | 6:30PM | 7:15PM
2:30PM | 3:15PM | 4:00PM | 4:45PM
*No appointments available for Saturday, October 31.

Sign up for your time slot here  or contact our Box Office at 314.561.4877. Please reserve your time at least 24 hours in advance and plan to arrive 10 minutes before your time slot. Each time slot will be open to 10 people at a time.

Please note: The health and well-being of our students and visitors is a top priority for COCA. Face masks will be required for the entirety of your time at COCA. Please maintain social distancing while visiting and exit the building when your time slot ends. There will be 15 minutes between each group to clean and ensure a safe environment for the next group. Gallery visitors are asked to remain 6 feet apart at all times. The gallery is fully sanitized between each group of visitors and all materials used in the interactive component are individually prepared and packaged for visitors to ensure no cross-contamination.