Shimon Attie

Untitled Still from The Crossing, 2017

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Lambda print
20.2 x 36.0 in (51.4 x 91.4 cm)
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This image is a still from Shimon Attie’s captivating film, The Crossing (2017). In the film, a series of slow-moving tableaux unfold featuring seven elegantly dressed young men and women inside a casino engrossed in a game of roulette. The players are Syrian refugees who have recently arrived in Europe, many on rafts over the Mediterranean just weeks before the filming with no prior performing or acting experience. The metaphorical tale that unfolds in the film is based on the participants’ individual experiences of exile and flight. Attie states: “The Crossing uses the language of contemporary art to reflect on the extraordinary risks migrants are forced to take in times of crisis, literally gambling for their lives.” Here we see a depiction of the last survivor of the game.

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About Shimon Attie

American photographer, born 1957