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Latino And African Identity Come Together In 'AfroLAtinidad' Exhibition

Esperanza Bandera with her mother Rosie Dominguez and father Rafael Bandera, in a photo from "afroLAtinidad." (Courtesy of Esperanza Bandera)
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Los Angeles was founded by multiracial settlers of African, Indigenous, and Spanish descent, and that centuries-old combination of identities is being celebrated in the new "afroLAtinidad" exhibition at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown L.A.

The installation is designed to look like a faux "Afro-Latinx" home, filled with objects on loan from local families. From dancing in the backyard, to a mix of culinary influences in the kitchen, the exhibit wants visitors to pay closer attention to an identity that's often overlooked.


The installation at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is designed like the interior of a home — with many items loaned by local families.