Shimon Attie is a visual artist, whose practice includes creating permanent and temporary site-specific installations in public places, immersive mixed-media installations for museums and galleries, art photographs, and new media works.
In many of his projects, 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/or forgotten communities into the physical landscape of the present.
In other, often video works, Attie engages local communities in finding new ways of representing their history, memory, and potential futures.
Whether working with public sites or in museums and galleries, Attie’s work explores how contemporary media may be used to re-imagine new relationships between space, time, place, and identity.
Shimon Attie's work has been exhibited and collected by numerous museums worldwide, including by New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The National Gallery in Washington DC, the ICA in Boston, and the Miami Art Museum, among many others. In addition, he has received numerous visual artist fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize, artist grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and a Visual Artist Fellowship from Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute and from the National Endowment for the Arts, among many others.
Five monographs have been published on Attie's work, which has also been the subject of a number of films that have aired on PBS, BBC, and ARD. Since receiving his MFA Degree in 1991, he has realized approximately 30 major projects in ten countries around the world. In 2013/19, Attie was awarded the Lee Krasner Achievement Award and in 2018, was inducted as a “National Academician” into the National Academy of Design. Finally, in 2020, Shimon Attie was appointed as the inaugural Charles C. Bergman Endowed Visiting Professor of Studio Art at Stony Brook University and as the Horger Artist-in-Residence at Lehigh University.