Contemporary Art Toledo and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library brought Aman Mojadidi's art installation, Once Upon a Place to Main Library. Once Upon a Place is an interactive art installation employing a phone booth to share immigrant stories. The oral histories were told by people from countries across the globe including China, Mexico, Burkina Faso, Tibet, and dozens more. The artist recorded the stories to create a safe environment for immigrants to share their personal experiences. Working largely through site-specific projects and with degrees in Cultural Anthropology, Afghan-American artist Aman Mojadidi's work utilizes an experimental ethnographic approach, combining qualitative research, traditional storytelling, postmodern narrative strategies, and mixed-media installations to approach themes such as belonging, identity politics, conflict, artifactual history, and migration; intentionally blurring and merging the lines between fact and fiction, documentation and imagination.
The lecture was held at The Lucas County Public Library.
Support for Knowledge Stream is provided, in part, by a generous gift from the Bill Beck Family Fund of Ottawa County Community Foundation, an Affiliate Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation.