In collaboration with NYC-based nonprofit More Art, multidisciplinary artist Shimon Attie will present Night Watch, a floating film installation along New York City’s waterways featuring portraits of 12 recently approved asylum-seekers. The subjects — largely youth and members of the LGBTQ community — represent some of the most vulnerable refugees who are being turned away by governments. Attie calls attention to how around the world, it is fundamentally a crime to be LGBTQ and borders are being shut to desperate refugees. Night Watch blends commentary on these sociopolitical issues by merging art with new technologies.
Mounted aboard a utility vessel on a 20-by-12-feet LED screen, New Yorkers will come face-to-face with the images as they travel slowly along the East and Hudson Rivers. Attie’s installation fittingly coincides with the arrival of world leaders for the UN General Assembly in New York. The project will be accompanied by public programs produced by the film’s subjects, Immigration Equality, Safe Passage Project, RIF, and Queer Detainee Empowerment Project.
Shimon Attie: Night Watch
September 20 – 27, 2018
Shores of New York City