Global Citizen. Those two words sound so beautiful to me, mostly because of my experience as an immigrant. I've never felt completely at home anywhere since my family uprooted from Iran early in life. Seven years in New York, and the mish-mosh of cultures all forced to live together feels the most welcoming.
Chris Wilson and his wife, Nubia DuVall are the super powers behind the Global Citizen Project. The opening ceremony this past weekend was a surreal experience for me.
Seven immigrants were interviewed by Nubia DuVall, who translated each story into eloquently written pieces that hung below Chris Wilson's remarkable paintings. For my particular portrait we met at a restaurant in Union Square. Lighting inside was too dark for photographs - which is what each portrait Chris paints is based off of. We head outside where he takes a snap shot of me acting silly to get comfortable in front of the camera.
Apparently it only took an hour for Chris to decide on that particular photograph. For me it was an honor to just be able to share my story. I hope it inspires others to reach for their star. For more information see www.paintwilson.com
Chris Wilson, Painter (right)
Laura, Global Citizen (left and in portrait)