(Special collaboration between Rios and photographer Martha Cooper)
AR Site: 220 E. 119th St.
By Oliver Rios
In a special collaboration between Rios and photojournalist Martha Cooper, East Harlem Casitas of the 1980s: Mi Bohio AR project features the “casitas” in New York City. The “casitas” were part of almost every empty lot and community garden during the 1980s in El Barrio. They became a cultural oasis to the many Puerto Ricans residing in this neighborhood. Today, very few remain around the City.
For East Harlem Casitas of the 1980s: Mi Bohio, Rios used Cooper’s photographs to build the photo galleries that will allow viewers to learn more about how locals gathered around the “casitas” to enjoy each other’s company. East Harlem Casitas of the 1980s: Mi Bohio AR project can be activated by visiting what today is Papo’s Garden on 220 E. 119th St., between 2nd and 3rd avenues.
East Harlem Casitas of the 1980s: Mi Bohio is part of Rios’ East Harlem Casitas of the 1980s series that is part of CCCADI’s Mi Querido Barrio Augmented Reality Exhibition.
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