The Immigrant Nation Project
This week, at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, a team of multimedia artists who are part of a new project called Immigrant Nation will be working with visitors to record their stories and add them to an installation art piece at Ellis Island.
“Whether you arrived just recently or your family came to the U.S. generations ago, the millions of immigrants and descendants of immigrants who make up our nation have something important in common,” said Immigrant Nation Project Director Theo Rigby, “We all have unique experiences, aspirations, and stories that deserve and need to be told. Immigrant Nation will amplify these stories.
Immigrant Nation is an interactive storytelling project designed to collect and share a vast range of unique immigrant narratives and experiences. It includes live events to engage diverse communities in telling their individual and collective stories, a series of short documentary films about immigration experiences, and, as of this week, a brand new interactive story hub.
The story hub is a living collection of narratives by new immigrants, such as a high school student who tells his story of living as a refugee in the U.S., and an undocumented student who recounts her story of crossing the border as a child. It’s also a place for the descendants of immigrants to share family’s immigration history such as a young woman who, at the age of 15, crossed the Atlantic Ocean without her family, traveling from Turkey to New York City.
“When we came here, I was so happy that I was in America,” said Doukenie Babayanie Bacos. “I saw the Statue of Liberty and I said, “Lady, you’re beautiful, you give me a chance.”
You can add your own story to Immigrant Nation online at https://www.immigrant-nation.com/.
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