Sim Chi Yin
One Day We’ll Understand is a new performance work exploring the intersection of Chi Yin’s family history with the Malayan Emergency, and the larger forgotten histories and legacies of empire and their impact on those left behind.
Sim Chi Yin is a photographer currently based between New York, Berlin and Singapore. Working also in film, sound, text and archival material, her works explore issues of history, memory, conflict, migration and their aftermath.
Expanding on her current 12-min performance reading of the same title, the new One Day We’ll Understand reaches further into Chi Yin’s large body of evocative photographic and filmic work, as well as into her multi- persona as an image-maker, archivist, historian, writer and granddaughter, to weave micro histories with broad geopolitical stories to create a 60 minute work combining visual installation, narration and original soundscape.
Formerly a Beijing-based correspondent for the Straits Times, Chi Yin was commissioned as the Nobel Peace Prize photographer in 2017 and created a solo show for the Nobel Peace Centre museum in Oslo on nuclear weapons, combining video installation and still photography. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at the Istanbul Biennale, Hanart TZ Gallery Hong Kong, Singapore Art Week, the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, the Annenberg Space For Photography in Los Angeles, and Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in South Korea to name a few.
Chi Yin joined Magnum Photos as a nominee member in 2018. She is currently also a PhD candidate on scholarship at King’s College London, in War Studies.