Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (Akirash), was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He earned a degree in biochemistry from the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Nigeria and later studied fine and applied art at the Institute of Textile Technology Art and Design Lagos. He now lives and works between Lagos and Austin, Texas. For Luminaria 2019, Akirash will present Asopomora – Connectivity, a woven canopy temple featuring a meditation space for viewers to reflect on generational connectivity and perceptions of home.