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Sim Chi Yin Tractors plough through piles of sand which have been deposited by sand barges at the Forest City development — a joint venture between a China developer with the state government and Sultan of Joh (...)
Sim Chi Yin Land reclamation works are on-going at this area of Tuas, Singapore's westernmost area where a new massive container port – the world's largest in the next 30 years – is being built. The port autho (...)
Sim Chi Yin A family takes a walk and goes fishing in an area in southern Malaysia now covered with giant sand dunes. The Danga Bay area is earmarked for a massive residency and commercial development, with mu (...)

The event will explore the agency of images specifically in relation to environmental awareness; how images may affect and be active in cultural, social and political situations and events. How can arts and culture engage audiences in pressing environmental concerns, and create shifts in attitude and behaviour? Speaker presentations will explore how aesthetic, philosophical, and conceptual approaches to environmentally concerned image making can advocate for and affect change.

Magnum nominee Sim Chi Yin will present two bodies of work; Shifting Sands and Fallout, and will discuss her artistic and research practice in relation to advocacy in relatively-closed societies. Sim Chi Yin became a Magnum nominee member in 2018. She is particularly interested in history, memory, conflict and migration and its consequences, working with photography, film, sound, text and archival material, in a multidisciplinary practice.

Ella Saltmarshe will present The Long Time Project, an initiative that she has co-founded that focuses on stretching public ability to care about the long term. They believe that: our capacity to care about the future is crucial to our ability to preserve it; developing longer perspectives on our existence will change the way we behave in the short term; and art and culture will be crucial to making the much needed transformative shift in attitudes and behaviours.

Emma Lewis, Assistant Curator, International Art at Tate, will discuss the recent installation in front of the Tate Modern by artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing, Ice Watch, a group of twenty-four blocks of ice. The ice-blocks were fished out of the Nuup Kangerlua fjord in Greenland after becoming detached from the ice sheet, and shipped to London where the public could witness and experience their melting.

Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Magnum’s Cultural Director, Sophie Wright.

Date: Wednesday 24 April, 2019
Time: 19:00
Location: Frobisher Auditorium 2, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London

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