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Bay Ridge artist creates ‘Life’ board game based on immigration experience

August 6, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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A Bay Ridge artist has created a new version of the classic board game “Life” that reflects the immigration experience. Isabell Garbani started working on “Life: Immigration Game” during the 2015 presidential campaign, when then-candidate Donald Trump made immigration a central focus of his platform, according to PIX11.

Garbani drew on her own experience as an immigrant from France and also interviewed more than 20 immigrants who shared their own stories. Lifelike scenarios in the game include waiting for your visa at the American Embassy, being afraid to report a robbery to the police and more.

“If you look at the news worldwide there’s a resurgence of nationalism and xenophobia, and it’s kind of worrisome to me to see that happening,” Garbani told PIX11.

The board is a mosaic of her family photos laid over the American Flag and all the flags of the United Nations. For now, you can play the game at Caffe Cafe in Bay Ridge, but Garbani hopes to make it available at cafes throughout the country later this year.

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