Behind Piazza Mattei, On-location slide projection, Rome Italy, 2002
6 3/8 x 8 1/2 inches on 8 x 10 inch paper
Signed Edition of 50
(United States, b. 1957)
Concerned with questions of memory, place, and identity, installation artist and photographer Shimon Attie gives visual form to both personal and collective memories by recovering untold stories, specifically those of marginalized and forgotten communities, and incorporating them into the physical landscapes of the present. In his series entitled The History of Another, Attie uses modern Rome as his backdrop to project fragments of historical photographs of Roman Jews taken between 1890 and 1920 onto the city's ancient ruins and excavation sites. Attie received an M.A. from Antioch University, San Francisco (1982), and an M.F.A. from San Francisco State University (1991). His work has been widely exhibited at venues including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. His work is in the collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; International Center for Photography, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Maison EuropÙene de la Photographie, Paris; amongst many others. Attie is the recipient of fellowships from organizations including The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York; The National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He lives in New York.