Shimon Attie is an installation artist and photographer who uses contemporary media to animate sites with images of their lost histories. With work that ranges from slide projections onto Roman sites to laser projections illuminating tenement buildings on New York’s Lower East Side, Attie has sought to visually introduce the histories of marginalized communities into the physical landscape of the present.
While at Radcliffe, Attie will work on the design and content for an installation based on the Oslo Peace Accords. Together with a sound environment, the work will use laser text and video images, which will be rear-projected onto a twelve-foot-high, fifty-yard-long “curtain” of falling water. The story of the Oslo Peace Accords will be told as a Nordic fairy tale. Attie will also work on the postproduction of an artwork shot in the Welsh village of Aberfan on the fortieth anniversary of a coal mining-related avalanche that buried the village’s only elementary school, wiping out an entire generation.
Attie’s work has been widely exhibited and collected by the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, among other institutions. Attie has received a number of awards and grants, including the Rome Prize and visual artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. His work has been the subject of three books and a number of films.