Afghan-American artist Aman Mojadidi has introduced an interactive art installation “Once Upon a Place,” which allows participants to listen to the stories of immigrants who moved to New York through the receivers of old pay phones –once a common sight on city streets.
New Yorkers and tourists in Times Square are taking a trip back in time, courtesy of repurposed phone booths. However, instead of talking to their loved ones, one can hear the oral histories of the city’s storied immigrant population.
The phone booths are an art installation titled ‘Once Upon a Place’ by Afghan-American artist Aman Mojadidi. Mojadidi came up with the idea when he learned that the phone booths were being removed. For his art, Mojadid interviewed immigrants from countries around the world –Ireland to Ghana and everywhere in between. The participants represent a tiny sliver of the city’s more than 3 million foreign-born residents.
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