named ancestors, and to all of those ancestors whose names we do not know but whose blood courses through our veins.
About this Space
During the summer of 2019, the Black Girl Magik collective
embarked on a tour across the United States (New York → Washington, D.C. → Atlanta → New Orleans → Los Angeles)
to facilitate healing spaces rooted in communal care, ancestral practice, generational healing and critical consciousness. As part of the programming in each location, we built an ancestral altar where the community provided the names of their ancestors. We honored those who came before us during the tour and we continue to honor them in this space.
Call Them By Their Names
is an ancestral archive and generative shrine toolkit for people from the African diaspora who seek to reconnect with their ancestors. Referencing found object assemblage as an anti-art practice for Black communities and paying homage to traditions of ancestral veneration across pan-African spiritualities, this community participatory space increases accessibility to ancestral knowledge by amplifying altar building as an emancipatory tool and figurative pathway for imagining alternate legacies and otherworldly possibilities for healing our collective consciousness.
Designed, Built and Creative Directed by
"Building an Ancestral Altar" Workshop by
Community Participation from
Participants of the Black Girl Magik Homecoming Tour 2019 and larger community
Researched & Produced by
The Black Girl Magik Collective
(Brittany Spell, Zainab Aliyu, Shydeia Caldwell, Sierra King)