As part of NoLA – No Lockdown Art 2020, the “Common Ground Project”, initiated and coordinated by the artist Kika Nicolela during confinement, proposes the creation of a growing database, with the collaboration of artists from around the world, sharing video, audio and/or text pieces. The main immediate goal was to collect a large and varied snapshot of what’s going on in different places in the world right now, how people are coping with these huge changes in their routine, but most importantly, how we can imagine and adapt the world after the lockdown(s).

This database has the potential to expand itself like a virus: the Belgium based Brazilian artist/curator Kika Nicolela has invited a core group of international artists. The project has already brought together more than thirty artists who have responded to the challenge invitation of the Common Ground project: how to react and reflect on the current global crisis, which goes beyond a health crisis – cutting across political, economic, ethical and metaphysical spheres.

So far, 33 artists have answered the invitation-challenge of the Common Ground Project : how to react and reflect about the current worldwide crisis, that goes beyond a sanitary crisis – it traverses the political, economical, ethical and the metaphysical spheres. It might be an opportunity to rethink ourselves and our reality as human kind ; or things could all return to « normal ». Artists from various corners of the world have taken the time to elaborate on how they are feeling and thinking right now, and expressed it in video, text and sound. The Common Ground Project will continue growing and taking new territories and embracing new participants, as well as expanding and evolving over time.

Participants (06.2020)

Aline Yasmin & Alex Cepile (Brussels_BE) ‣ Anna Berndtson (Berlin_DE) ‣ Carlos Landaeta (Brussels_BE) ‣ Carlosmagno Rodrigues (Belo Horizonte_BR)  ‣ Cecilia Dougherty (NewYork_US) ‣ Christophe Litou (Rennes_FR) ‣ Daniel Silvo (Madrid_ES) ‣ Davi Cavalcante (Aracaju_BR) ‣ Fumiharu Sato & Hiroko Haraguchi (Tokyo_JP) ‣ Gauthier Keyaerts (Brussels_BE) ‣ Gerard Chauvin (Angoulême_FR)  ‣ Gustavo Marcasse (São Paulo_BR)  ‣ Ivelina Ivanova (Kraevo_BG)  ‣ John Sanborn (Berkeley_US) ‣ Jorge Lozano (Toronto_CN) ‣ Katia Maciel (Rio de Janeiro_BR) ‣ Kent Tate (Kamloops_CN) ‣ Kika Nicolela (Brussels_BE) ‣ Luana Lacerda (Belo Horizonte_BR) ‣ Luis Vassallo (São Paulo_BR) ‣ Marcia Beatriz Granero (São Paulo_BR) ‣ Marina Fomenko (Moscow_RU) ‣ Mateusz Vianna (Brasília_BR) ‣ Mike Hoolboom (Toronto_CN)  ‣ Nia Pushkarova (Sofia_BG) ‣ Nung-Hsin Hu (Los Angeles _US)  ‣ Philippe Boisnard (Angoulême_FR) ‣ Phyllis Baldino (New York_US) ‣ Samuel Bester (Marseille_FR)  ‣ Sara Não Tem Nome (Belo Horizonte_BR) ‣ Simon Dumas (Quebec_CN) ‣ Simon Guiochet (Rennes_FR) ‣ Sonia Guggisberg (São Paulo_BR)  ‣ Susana Lopez (Asturias_ES) ‣‣‣ to be continued…