Ghosts of Ellis Island

I finally had the chance to experience JR's UNFRAMED installation, a series of images displayed throughout the abandoned part of Ellis Island. It is captivating, haunting and one of the most interesting things I have done in a long time. Here is JR's intention behind the project, "The UNFRAMED Ellis Island project is about bringing alive the memory of Ellis Island, the entry point to America for millions of immigrants. Coming from all over the world, leaving their belongings, their family and their past behind them, with the fear that they may be sent back to it, the presence of these people who have shaped the modern American identity can still be felt in the buildings, although abandoned for the past 70 years. This is the opportunity to interpret the stories of these people through art. In August 2014, I was invited to work on the abandoned part of Ellis Island. This island, next to the Statue of Liberty, is very symbolic - the gateway to the United States for 12 million immigrants, from 1892 to 1954. On the south side of the island, the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital has been abandoned since 1954. I revisited the archives of Ellis Island and created many installations in these buildings so full in stories."

I finally had the chance to experience JR's UNFRAMED installation, a series of images displayed throughout the abandoned part of Ellis Island. It is captivating, haunting and one of the most interesting things I have done in a long time.

Here is JR's intention behind the project,

"The UNFRAMED Ellis Island project is about bringing alive the memory of Ellis Island, the entry point to America for millions of immigrants. Coming from all over the world, leaving their belongings, their family and their past behind them, with the fear that they may be sent back to it, the presence of these people who have shaped the modern American identity can still be felt in the buildings, although abandoned for the past 70 years. This is the opportunity to interpret the stories of these people through art.

In August 2014, I was invited to work on the abandoned part of Ellis Island. This island, next to the Statue of Liberty, is very symbolic - the gateway to the United States for 12 million immigrants, from 1892 to 1954. On the south side of the island, the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital has been abandoned since 1954. I revisited the archives of Ellis Island and created many installations in these buildings so full in stories."

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UNFRAMED is only accessible by taking the Hard Hat Tour of Ellis Island. I recommend booking it in advance. Tickets can be purchased here.  The tour is 90 minutes long so dress comfortable and wear sneakers. Also print your ticket beforehand and bring it with you to the ferry.