His earlier artistic practice revolved largely around creating site-specific and new media installations, and photography. More recently, Shimon has been working primarily with the moving image, creating multiple channel HD video installations. The concerns and strategies that underlie Shimon’s practice have remained the same however. In his projects, he engages local communities in finding new ways of representing their history and exploring how contemporary media may be used to re-imagine new relationships between space, time, identity and place.
Shimon Attie’s work has been exhibited at/collected by MOMA, NY; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Miami Art Museum,; the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and Boston’s ICA, among many others.
He has received awards such as The Rome Prize, The Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pollock-Krasner grants, as well as fellowships from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the NEA, among others. Shimon has also received numerous museum commissions to create new works of art.
Four art monographs have been published on Shimon Attie’s work,. In addition, several films have been made by others that document the creation of his pieces, that have been broadcast on PBS, the BBC, and Germany’s ARD.s
During his time as a Swing Space resident in LMCC’s Project Space Shimon Attie, in collaboration with Vale Bruck, will be creating a multiple channel immersive HD video installation with members of the Israeli and Palestinian communities of New York. The artwork will focus on engaging their shared secondary hybrid identity –that of being a New Yorker. Ultimately, his intention is to create a layered artwork that resists easy interpretation and defies expectations or preconceived notions as to what it means to be an Israeli, a Palestinian, and a New Yorker. The completed artwork will be exhibited at the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut.