Galerie Perrotin Presents: Ghosts of Ellis Island

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Alongside Gregor Hildebrandt’s Coming by Hazard, Galerie Perrotin presents JR’s first preview of his Unframed Project – Ghosts on Ellis Island. Acting as a passage way for immigrants from 1902 – 1930, the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital facilitated a massive wave of immigration who were deemed too ill for immediate neutralization.


After many changes, from being re-purposed to house disabled soldiers in 1930 to becoming a detention center for Axis prisoners, the hospital was finally shut down and abandoned in 1954, slowly drifting away from memory until recently.


With nothing but ruins and remnants, scattered memories of its former days housing the ill, war heroes and eventually prisoners, the island has an eerie serenity to the atmosphere. Merging the current aesthetics of the island with the history of the island, JR’s work resurfaces the memories of the island like phantoms haunting what remains of Ellis Island that drives a chill up your spine, emphasizing on the sixty years of silence.


The preview will be up until April 25th, 2015 at Galerie Perrotin. Simultaneously, JR’s “Survey Exhibition” organized by Hong Kong Contemporary Arts Foundation, at Repulse bay will be up until April 12th, 2015.


Galerie Perrotin:

17/F, 50 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong


View of JR’s exhibition “Ghosts of Ellis Island”, an Unframed project, short preview at HONG KONG GALLERY Hong Kong (China), 2015
Photo: Vincent Tsang

Courtesy Galerie Perrotin