Shimon Attie's New Work installation at MAM consists of two complementary parts: Light Under Night, a three-screen video projection with full-surround sound environment and a set of five light boxes titled The Heroes of Telemark. Light Under Night leads viewers into the strange, in-between world of nature and technology of a subterranean hydroelectric plant in the village of Rjukan in the Telemark region of Norway. The town of Rjukan exists only because of a revolutionary effort to convert the power of waterfalls into electricity initiated in 1905, the year that marked the founding of the interlinked entities of the Norsk Hydro power company and the modern Norwegian state. The Heroes of Telemark features portraits of some of the few laborers still employed in Rjukan by Norsk Hydro after years of local downsizing. The series is named after a 1965 film starring Kirk Douglas inspired by a raid by Norwegian resistance fighters who sabotaged a Nazi lab in Rjukan during World War II, an event of great national pride.
Shimon Attie is organized by Miami Art Museum and curated by Assistant Director for Programs/Senior Curator Peter Boswell as part ofNew Work, a series of projects by leading contemporary artists.