Homage to EI Barrio's Afro-Latinx Ancestors
The Blessed Ancestors Are Among Us
National Black Theatre, 2031 5th Ave.
The Blessed Ancestors Are Among Us AR project features the National Black Theatre, which is housed in a beautiful building covered in relief art created by traditional artists from Osogbo, Nigeria. The Theatre has been a leader in promoting art from the African diaspora since 1968. Through a series of experimental short videos, the viewers will be immersed in an interactive experience that aims at inspiring them to reconnect and honor the ancestors among us, the essence of those who are no longer here but whose energy embraces and propels us in our lives.
To learn more about the artists visit cccadi.org/miqueridobarrio.
STEP 1. Download the free Blippar app.
STEP 2. Choose an AR site/project from the Mi Querido Barrio map. Once you are at the selected location, identify your marker.
STEP 3. Open the Blippar app in your phone and scan the image or object you wish to activate.
Wait a bit as you blipp. The content can take a few seconds to load.
Make sure the image/object is well lit, using the flash feature if necessary.
Make sure to hold your device steady as you blipp.
With this particular AR site/project: Stand on the curb and aim at the upper stories of the National Black Theatre building. Tap on the screen to go back to the menu. If you don’t have access to the physical marker, use the image marker on your Mi Querido Barrio Augmented Reality Guide, or visit cccadi.org/miqueridobarrio.
Mariona Lloreta is a visual artist and film director currently based in Brooklyn, New York; she is originally from Barcelona, Spain, and has North African roots. Lloreta has worked and lived in various countries, including Nigeria, Brazil, China, Italy, and the United States, with the goal of documenting cultures around the world while exploring the complexities of identity and heritage. Working as a visual artist, Lloreta hopes to become a leader in the quest to enact positive change through the arts. She seeks to transcend the differences among people and celebrate the universal thread that binds our human experience—to find a common ground across and within cultures, races, and gender to capture experiences that we all relate to, conveying a sense of Oneness and celebrating and honoring our individual and collective stories.
Among her recent projects are two short films: Sankofa: Part I (2015) takes as its subject a woman in Ghana who bleaches her skin to be more accepted by society, and by doing so deals with issues of identity, race, and the social repercussions of colonization. Amenze, Entre Dois Mundos (2016), explores the interrelationships between an African woman who has newly arrived in Brazil and her surroundings, reflecting on themes of belonging, foreignness, migration, identity, and alienation She has also recently created a series of mixed-media works, Naija Nights, which evokes the beauty that Lloreta encountered as she traveled in Nigeria for two years.