Breonna’s Garden is an augmented reality experience that premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival that was created by Lady PheOnix in collaboration with Ju’Niyah Palmer to honor the life of her sister, Breonna Taylor. I found it to be a profoundly moving experience, and lived into the intention to connect to the tender parts of myself in listening to the recorded memories by Taylor’s family and friends. The iOS app for Breonna’s Garden is available to try out here.
I had a chance to talk with the creator Lady PheOnix about her journey in creating this project, the process of collaborating with Breonna Taylor’s family in creating it, and the underlying intentions and invitations that she has embedded into this piece — including an opportunity to record your own memories of loved ones that you may have lost. Lady PheOnix referred to this piece a sort of healing balm where you can be tender, batter and bruised, and I certainly was able to experience that in this powerful piece.
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