Beyond New York

Portals to Other Worlds

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Art can bring people together. That’s the goal of Shared Studios’ “Portals” project, which uses audio-visual hookups in old shipping containers in New York to connect people around the world.

During “The Museum Imagined” show curated by Lily Wei, participants got the chance to enter the portal in Chelsea’s Danese/Corey gallery and communicate with folks in Afghanistan, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Honduras and Mexico.


Stories from the Diaspora

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Gaza Fight Spurs Local Protest

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel demonstrators traded dueling chants in Times Square Sunday as the conflict in Gaza stirred strong emotions in the streets of New York.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators held signs and chanted, “From the river to the sea, Gaza will be free.” After  a large pro-Israel group arrived, and the two continents began shouting at each other from across the busy interaction. Demonstrators flooded the street, stopping traffic and spurring police to push demonstrators back onto the sidewalk. Police then directed the pro-Israel group to move down the street.

Afghan Refugees Flock to Queens

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Midway through the word, Husneia Qurbani took a moment to think. Then she finished triumphantly: “B-A-N-I.” She smiled, pleased, and said a few words in her native Pashtu.

“She says she just learned how to spell her name last week,” said Yalda Atif, a fellow Afghan expatriate who stepped in to translate at the Queens-based non-profit Women for Afghan Women, where Qurbani takes English lessons.

Qurbani, 58, the wife of an Afghan political refugee, left Afghanistan during the civil war that led to the Taliban’s rise to power. She has been living in New York for over two decades, but she never learned English. As a stay-at-home mother of five, she said, she did not see the need.

“I had never taken any classes of anything before,” she said through her translator. “I had never been to school, so it did not even cross my mind for a long time.”

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