'Portals' exhibit aims to connect far-apart city dwellers and explore their everyday lives

Through December 19th, average New Yorkers have the chance to build up relations with the people of Tehran. By taking part in a new exhibit, everyday people can stand in an intimate space with an Iranian person and discuss – not international tensions or achievements – but their day-to-day lives, goals, and just about anything else.

Last week, Shared Studios launched its “Portals” exhibit, which aims to cross cultural boundaries and about 6,000 miles by bringing residents of New York City and Tehran (virtually) face to face, and getting them talking. Set up inside a custom-designed shipping container at Lu Magnus Gallery in New York’s Lower East Side (and a similar counterpart space in Iran), the project uses high-tech communications gear and simple topics of conversation to create connections between far-away urban dwellers, and may be the first in a series of such cross-national exhibits.

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