about the project.

East River & Hudson River
September 20-27, 2018

The film will be running throughout United Nations General Assembly Week. Check back soon to see waterfront viewing times and locations.

Night Watch is a short, silent film by Shimon Attie that brings center stage New York’s refugees and asylum seekers, the city’s newest and most vulnerable inhabitants. Displayed on a 20-foot-wide by 12-foot-tall LED screen mounted aboard a large utility vessel, the high definition minimalist film is comprised of a series of moving portraits of individuals from a wide array of backgrounds and ages, all of whom come gradually into focus from the distance and gaze at the viewer poignantly, quietly, powerfully, for an uncomfortable yet moving duration. Developed through research and collaboration with legal aid organizations such as Safe Passage Project and Immigration Equality, as well as community empowerment groups including Queer Detainee Empowerment Project and RIF Asylum Support, Night Watch blends new media technologies with community-based engagement and dialogue, creating a dramatic, resonant and cogent floating media installation. The route of the traveling installation will begin each late-September evening in Staten Island, and slowly travel up and down the East River and Hudson River along the shores of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and New Jersey, potentially sighted by millions of viewers on the waterfront of the Greater New York City area.

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behind the scenes.


public programs.

To be announced soon.

community engagement.

The current administration’s immigration-related executive orders have unique and potentially harmful implications for the LGBTQ+ and HIV-positive 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.

Night Watch and the ecology of community engagement, outreach, and public programs supporting and extending the project’s reach, intends to expand the messaging of our core advocacy partners in order to increase visibility and advocacy around the following policy issues for youth and LGBTQ+ immigrants.

Immigration Equality

More Art is proud to be partnering with Immigration Equality to highlight the lives and stories of LGBTQ+ immigrants in our film Night Watch. Since 1994, Immigration Equality has been proud to advocate for and represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and HIV-positive immigrants seeking safety, fair treatment, and freedom.

For more than 20 years, they have been focused on providing free direct legal services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-positive immigrants. Immigration Equality has and continues to aid asylum seekers forced to flee to the U.S. to find safety, LGBTQ+ immigrant and binational couples and families separated by oceans, asylum seeks trapped in immigration detention facilities, and undocumented LGBTQ+ people living in the shadows within the U.S.

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, assists LGBTQ+ people coming out of immigration detention in securing structural, health/wellness, educational, legal, and emotional support and services.

The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) is a post-release support, detention center visitation, direct service, and community organizing project that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Intersex, Gender Non- Conforming, and HIV+ (LGBTQIA* GNC TS) immigrant prisoners and their families currently in detention centers, those that have been recently released from detention centers, and those at risk at entering immigration detention in the Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York).

RIF Asylum Support

More Art is proud to be collaborating with RIF Asylum Support — an asylum orientation organization providing legal workshops and support groups to asylum seekers in New York City. They work with many amazing individuals seeking asylum in the US and have helped connect families separated throughout the asylum application process.

Safe Passage Project

With the Safe Passage Project, More Art led an intensive photography workshop for the youth they represent. Workshops like this are designed to empower participants to shift narratives about their personal experiences.

The female-identifying participants learned about campaigns that have successfully overturned stereotypes, shifted dominant narratives, and changed how people understand each other. More Art commissioned teaching artist Vanessa Teran to lead this workshop. During the workshop, the group developed their own campaign slogan and executed a photo shoot. Basic photography vocabulary and techniques were covered. After a guest presentation by Shimon Attie, Teran worked with participants to light and compose unique photographs in a way that communicates the campaign message. The workshop goal was meant to empower positive self-representation. Some of the images can be seen below.


about the artist.

Shimon Attie is an internationally renowned visual artist who creates artworks that reflect on the relationship between place, memory, and identity. Attie’s artistic practice includes creating immersive site-specific installations and public artworks in a wide variety of media, contexts, and communities. In many of his projects, Attie engages local communities as a way of finding new courses for representing their history, memory, and potential futures. Having earned his MFA in 1991, Attie has since received more than 25 commissions to create new works of art in more than ten countries around the world. In addition Attie has received 11 year-long visual artist fellowships, including from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Academy in Rome (The Rome Prize), The National Endowment for the Arts, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and Kunstfonds.  

our supporters.

Night Watch and accompanied public programs are supported in part by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Lambent Foundation, New York Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and generous individual donations.