Shimon Attie is a visual artist whose work explores how contemporary media may be used to re-imagine new relationships between space, time, place, and identity. His practice includes creating art photographs, new media works, immersive mixed-media installations for museums and galleries, and permanent and temporary site-specific installations for public spaces.
In many of his projects, Prof. Attie has used a variety of media to animate sites with images of their lost histories or speculative futures. This has included introducing the histories and narratives of marginalized and forgotten communities into the physical landscape of the present. In other works, often using video, he engages local communities in finding new ways of representing their histories, memories, and potential futures.
Prof. Attie’s work has been exhibited and collected by museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, the Miami Art Museum, and Paris’s Centre Pompidou, among many others. He has received numerous visual artist fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize, Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants, a Visual Artist Fellowship from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, among many others. In 2013 and 2019, he was awarded the Lee Krasner Achievement Award, and in 2018 he was inducted into the National Academy of Design.
Prof. Attie’s work has been the subject of five monographs, as well as films that have aired on PBS, BBC, and ARD in Germany. Since receiving his MFA degree in 1991, he has realized approximately thirty major projects in ten countries around the world. He is also the inaugural Charles C. Bergman Endowed Visiting Professor of Studio Art at Stony Brook University.