>> These old time phone booths are no longer good for actually making a phone call. But they've recently found a new purpose. I'm Havovi Cooper for Reuters, at an art installation in Times Square, where you can step into this phone booth.
ck up the receiver, and listen to stories of immigrants all the way from Bangladesh to Ghana, who now call New York City home.
Afghan-American artist Aman Mojadidi created the exhibit titled, Once Upon A Place. He was raised by migrant parents who moved to Florida from Kabul in the late 60's. Mojadidi says he understands the struggles of immigrants and wants to give their voices a platform.>> I collected migration stories from some of the newest New Yorker's as well as second and third generation immigrants.
Talking about why they left their homeland, why they came to New York. And I collected the audio and have re-purposed three of the last phone booths to be removed from the streets of New York into audio players. Mojadid collected 70 different stories from legal and undocumented immigrants. Including a woman from Turkey who migrated to the US when she was 26 and has been living in Manhattan.
>> It's nice but still sometimes without family it's so hard to live another country, another culture, everything is totally different.>> Jose Meja also contributed to this project. He was just two years old when his mother carried him across the border on her back from Mexico.>> What America means to me is the land of opportunities.
It's a dream come true. Anyone who is willing to work hard to better their lives, can do so here in America.>> Mojadidi's exhibit is especially timely, opening to the public the same week that the Supreme Court partially upheld President Trump's travel ban on six Muslim majority countries.
>> We speak in such generalities about policy and issues around immigration. What these stories do are really give you a one to one intimate relationship with the people talking. And really make you see their stories, their journeys, their histories from their point of view.>> Visitors will have a chance to listen to these stories until September 5th.