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OLANIYI R. AKINDIYA AKIRASH's avatar OLANIYI R. AKINDIYA AKIRASH

There is a saying that hunger is the root of many problems. If we can solve hunger, other solutions will follow. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the fragility of our food system, leaving many foods insecure for the first time in their lives. As many were doing around the world, I started helping elderly, mobility challenged, and unhoused people get groceries. As I ordered online to have food delivered, I encountered a deluge of boxes and food packaging. I started collecting the food boxes in my studio. As I watched the piles build, I decided to use them to create an artwork to speak to the moments of this past year: the encounters, the struggles, disappointments, and successes. To speak to the ghostliness of empty streets and stores, and the moments of grace and gratefulness for one’s blessings. As I built these mini grocery stores, I thought of the relationships we build and how covid is pulling them down brick by brick.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 96 inches
  • Medium: Mixed media Packaging Boxes Sculpture
  • Width: 192 inches
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 132 inches