USA is a country of migration, and Queens, New York, is one of the most diverse areas in the world. This project tried to address and combine personal narratives of the space between “homes” on a global scale. The original attempt was to find residents from all continents on earth living in one block. And send them all on a home-searching journey with lent cameras to tell the stories of shifting identities.
LocationQueens Museum, Meridian Road, Queens, NY, United States
The borough of Queens, New York, prides itself as one of the most diverse areas on earth. Its residents, 46 percent born outside the U.S., represent over 100 nations and 138 languages.
The participants were first generation migrants from six continents all living in the borough of Queens.
How the audience/participants were reached or discovered
Our original intent was to find one singular block in Queens where people with origins on all world continents would reside – and be willing to partake in project and travel back to their home countries with a lent camera. But this block was hard to find as Queens is parted into relatively ethnically homogenous sub-parts. Instead we had to go much further, and ended up getting participants living across the whole borough.
A New York Times graphic on the diversity of origin in New York City. For the original article, click here
A creative illustration by Freecell Architects of some of the “Littles” of New York City. For origin of the map, click here
How it was done
Bordr / Coding
As part of this activity, Bordr stories were booked.
Main lessons learned
Marcus Haraldsson, project initiator and conceptual story developer, Columbia Journalism School
Christo de Klerk, project initiator and technical and conceptual developer, The New School University
Dale Maharidge, main advisor, Columbia Journalism School
Duy Linh Tu, technical advisor, Columbia Journalism School
José E Rodriguez, advisor and help, Queens Museum of Art, New New Yorkers Program
Sofia de Juan, project intern, Queens Museum of Art, New New Yorkers Program
Start of project
Start of project period
First project proposal deadline
The original project proposal is accesible here