In late September More Art will be presenting their newest commission by internationally renowned artist Shimon Attie, Night Watch.
The project is a short film that brings center stage some of New York’s newest inhabitants: refugees and asylum seekers. Developed through research and collaboration with legal aid organizations such as Safe Passage and Immigration Equality, as well as community empowerment groups such as Queer Detainee Empowerment Project and RIF Asylum Support, Night Watch blends new media technologies with community-based engagement, creating a dramatic, resonant and powerful floating media installation. The project is set to travel the waters around New York City — a nod towards the city’s history as the American hub for newcomers, and a way to highlight the very same waterways that served as an integral passageway to the American dream of freedom and the pursuit of happiness for generations.
Attie’s artistic practice includes creating immersive site-specific installations and public artworks in a wide variety of media, contexts, and communities as way to explore how contemporary media may be used to re-imagine new relationships between time, space, place and identity. In many of his projects, Attie has engaged local communities as a way of finding new courses for representing their history, memory, and potential futures. He places human connection at the center of his process, underlying the preciousness of bringing participants in and enlisting their support in the process. Ultimately he sees this project as being for the participants and the thousands of others they represent who have experienced similar situations.
Stay tuned for more information to come.