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Past Exhibition

Sim Chi Yin: Most people were silent

The Magnum nominee's exhibition is a visual investigation of nuclear sites, from North Korea to the USA

Sim Chi Yin

Sim Chi Yin A Titan II Missile in its silo at a former intercontinental ballistic missile site in Arizona, now the Titan Missile Museum. The Titan II was the largest and heaviest missile ever built by the Unit (...)

The Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore will present an exhibition of work by new Magnum nominee Sim Chi Yin, opening July 20, 2018. The photographer was recently announced as one of the latest recruits to the agency.

Most people were silent is an exhibition composed of photographs taken in the vicinity of nuclear sites in North Korea and the United States of America. Collectively titled Fallout, the series was commissioned in 2017 by Oslo’s Nobel Peace Center for the Nobel Peace Prize exhibition (December12, 2017 to November 25, 2018).

In the Earl Lu Gallery, Sim’s striking photographs will be presented on the glass façade and suspended on screens. Videos and photographic images visualize the similarities between the North American and North Korean landscapes; snowy mountaintops, fences and desolate control rooms evoke an eerie sense of displacement in part because of their geographic ambiguity.

Most people were silent exposes the seemingly dormant threat of the nuclear, between and beyond the genres of documentary and landscape photography. Sim’s camera reveals the visible and invisible borders of nuclear warheads, captures objects that have been exposed to nuclear radiation, and allows unusual access to classified spaces. Although people are rarely visible in these photographs, the photographer’s presence and her risky journeying are revealed in the composition of each image.

Sim Chi Yin will also be taking part in a panel discussion on the present condition of the nuclear age on July 27, 2018. The discussion is free to attend, and more information can be found here.