Homage to EI Barrio's Afro-Latinx Ancestors
Nine Nights: African Burial Ground, 126th E. Street
E. 126th Street Bus Depot
Nine Nights: African Burial Ground, 126th E. Street AR project features East Harlem’s African Burial Ground, located at the East 126th Street Bus Depot. Though not as large or as well known as the one in Lower Manhattan just north of City Hall, this Burial Ground is a site where peoples of African descent from all over Manhattan were buried during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 1665, the Dutch Reformed Church of Harlem erected a church building at the corner of First Avenue and 127th E. St., making it the oldest formal church in Harlem. A quarter acre of land around the church was set aside and became known as the “Negro Burying Ground.” In timens when the deaths of black people have become a spectacle in the digital era, Nine Nights: African Burial Ground, 126th E. Street utilizes augmented reality to provide the viewers with a more private and intimate space to mourn. Nine Nights: African Burial Ground, 126th E. Street AR project is inspired by “Nine Nights,” the Caribbean mourning tradition where people gather at the home of the deceased for nine nights before the burial.
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: To experience this augment correctly, the markers must be scanned in the order presented. When standing in front of the building, the first marker is situated at the right side of the building and from there, you must walk around the periphery, searching for the remaining markers and answering the prompts as they appear. Close the augment by tapping the “X” icon in the far right corner of the screen, before activating the next marker. 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.
Kearra Amaya Gopee is a Trinidadian documentary photographer and visual artist, who since the age of eighteen has been based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Miami-Dade County, Florida, to Trinidadian parents, she moved when she was three to her maternal family’s home in Carapichaima, Trinidad and Tobago. When she was seventeen, she was hired to work as a photographer for the Trinidad Guardian, Trinidad and Tobago’s oldest newspaper. During her time there, she discovered her affinity for research and documentation, which is now an integral part of her practice. She recently presented work at the Caribbean Studies Association conference in Haiti, as well as having been part of group exhibitions at Alice Yard, Trinidad and Tobago, the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, and UFES Gallery in Vitória, Brazil.
Her work varies in subject matter and form but mostly focuses on the nature of violence and erasure inflicted on the Caribbean by the global north. She has also been heavily influenced by studies of the infrapolitical action undertaken by the women in her own family. Seeing beauty and master craftsmanship in the daily activities of these women has led her to appreciate the power of processes and the place of invisible labor, especially in the construction of the home and, by extension, in the post-colonial Caribbean region.