“I wanted to do something within an urban space that dealt with the subject of migration. As I started to think about it, I learned about all the phone booths being removed. My immediate thought was about all of the stories, all of the people’s stories that are also being removed and all the people who call their spouses, their parents, their lovers, their children…”
According to the Pew Research Center, by the year 2065 one in three Americans will be an immigrant or have immigrant parents. In New York City currently, more than a third of the city’s residents are foreign-born and close to 800 languages are spoken across the five boroughs. Once Upon A Place brings the city’s residents together by using three personalized phone booths to share stories of immigration, told by the New Yorkers who lived them. Afghan-American artist Aman Mojadidi recorded these stories over several months as part of his residency with Times Square Arts, creating a safe environment for residents to share the experiences that brought them to New York, either in English or in their mother tongue.
Source: Once Upon A Place