Shimon Attie News

Shimon Attie receives commission to create new site-specific artwork for New York City

Night Watch
Shimon Attie
September 20—27, 2018

More Art collaborates with multidisciplinary artist Shimon Attie and refugee empowerment organizations to present a floating multi-media film experience during the UN Annual General Assembly

Encounter the traveling film and media Installation at various waterfront
locations and parks in NYC & NJ every day from 6-10PM

Stay tuned for later details with the full list of public programs, viewing locations, dates and times, as well as information on the September 20 opening!

 

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, More Art will premiere Night Watch, a floating film installation portraying refugees and asylees who have fled violence and discrimination from their homelands. This work by Shimon Attie, which will traverse New York City’s waterways during the United Nations Annual General Assembly, features 12 individuals (largely LGBTQ and youth) who have been granted political asylum in the US. Night Watch is displayed on a 20-foot-wide by 12-foot-tall LED screen mounted aboard a large utility vessel. The silent, floating film was produced in close collaboration with Immigration Equality, Safe Passage Project and RIF, and in consultation with ORAM, New Women New Yorkers, and New York for Syrian Refugees. Night Watch confronts the urgent social issue of refugees in the U.S. The traveling project will be on view along the waterfront from September 20 to September 27, 2018. Each day, the public can track the boat to attend historical tours, cultural events, and workshops related to immigrant rights.

Download the press release.

More about the artist

Shimon Attie is a visual artist whose artistic practice includes creating immersive site-specific installations and public artworks in a wide variety of media, contexts, and communities. Attie’s works include on-location media installations, immersive multiple channel video works, performance, photography, sculpture, and new media and hybrid forms. In many of his projects, he engages local communities in finding new courses for representing their history, memory, and potential futures, and explores how contemporary media may be used to re-imagine new relationships between time, space, place and identity.

Support Refugees and Asylum Seekers!

The current administration’s immigration-related executive orders have unique and potentially harmful implications for the LGBTQ+ community. In nearly 80 countries around the world, it is a crime to be LGBTQ+. LGBTQ+ refugees turned away at our borders face death at home or in refugee camps. The increased use of detention centers for would-be asylees is particularly problematic because of the documented history of sexual and physical abuse endured by LGBTQ+ detainees.

Through public art like Night Watch, More Art aims to expand the work of legal aid and outreach-focused organizations in order to increase visibility and advocacy around policy issues for immigrants.

Check out our website for more info!

 

    

  

Night Watch is supported in part by

   
    

 

ABOUT MORE ART
More Art is a nonprofit that supports collaborations between artists and communities to create thought-provoking public art and educational programs that inspire social justice.

www.moreart.org

MORE ART TEAM
Micaela Martegani • Jeff Kasper
Samantha Giarratani • Kate Levy
Brandi Mathis • Emma Drew
Zoey Hart • Yiyun Jia

Contact More Art at:
info@moreart.org
232 East 11 Street, Floor 1
New York, NY 10003