Kyna Patel

This participatory exhibit invites visitors to reflect upon the people, places, or things that have helped shape who they are today in a life history interview context.


This installation was a part of HEAR & NOW: An Interactive Oral History Exhibitshowcasing multimedia projects and stories recorded by the 2017 cohort of Columbia University’s Oral History MA program.


We all have stories about the people who inspire us, the places we're from, and the experiences that have shaped us into who we are. You are invited to participate in or witness a life history interview conducted within this framework. Each interview participant will receive a copy of their interview to share or to keep, and all are encouraged to consider their own lives in these kinds of stories.

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Kyna Patel is a current OHMA student whose thesis focuses on intergenerational differences in understanding September 11th's aftermath, as well as the recent US presidential election, in Middle Eastern and South Asian circles. Her research interests include race, identity, local history, foreign language, gender, immigration, borders, movement, visual culture, and civil rights.