Portal Art Exhibit Brings Strangers Face-to-Face from a World Away

ABC News' John Donvan goes inside the new work of artist Amar Bakshi that connects real people across the globe.
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an artist promoting peace and understanding by thinking inside the box, shared studios are transforming ordinary shipping containers into extraordinary instruments of global communication. A's John donvan checked it out. Reporter: In a square in the middle of Washington, D.C., there is box, what's in that box? The world -- well, not really. But yes, really, in a way, because this guy I'm talking to. He's in Afghanistan, 7,000 miles from Washington where there is another box just like mine and he's in it, which puts us somewhere where it feels remarkably as if we're in the same room talking, which is what we did. I saw him. He saw me. He's a college professor. You're in herat? Yes. Reporter: I was there back in 1988. Now, these boxes actually gold-painted shipping containers are multiplying. There's one in Iran's capital, in Havana, Cuba. All of this organized, designed really by an American artist who calls them portals. You don't know if you're going to go in there and speak to an 18-year-old who just works down the block. Reporter: Because that what happens. Original people, gets to step inside the portal, and talk to a stranger from far away. You're in Washington, D.C., right now? We have people coming in who haven't talked to the opposite gender. They do it here. It's okay. Reporter: Everyone we talked to who did this, this trio of friends also talking to Iran and Angelina Feldman made a friend. We had a lot of common. Reporter: They found the experience meaningful or moving or both. There's no way you're going to learn something new. Talking to him was talking to my cousin. Reporter: People have danced together and sung together. Politics tends not to come up, not surprising given some of the repressive regimes. What comes up a lot is -- Marriage and dating. America's dating life is a real fascination. The connection with plans to get the portal to New Haven. And New York. They're taking 20 minutes in a space to do nothing but admire, appreciate, dislike another human being as a piece of art. Reporter: In this space -- It was a pleasure. Reporter: That is no place. How do we shake hands here? So it's any place. Take care. Bye. Reporter: And maybe, every place, for "This week," John donvan, ABC news, Washington. It all comes down to dating. That's all for us today. Thank you for sharing part of your Sunday with us. Check out "World news tonight." And I'll see you tomorrow on "Gma."

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