"The magic in the intersection of time, light, life — and fate — still fascinates me, but I’m asking myself: whose truth is it, whose reality, whose fragile memories?"

- Sim Chi Yin

Sim Chi Yin’s work combines deep research with intimate storytelling. She explores history, memory, conflict and migration using photography, film, sound, text and archival material, in a multidisciplinary practice.

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. Other notable projects include One Day We’ll Understand, an ongoing excavation of histories from the anti-colonial resistance movement in British Malaya during the early Cold War, Dying to Breathe which chronicled the slow death of a Chinese gold miner from “Black Lung” disease and Shifting Sands, an on-going visual investigation into world’s dependence on a non-renewable resource.

Her work has been exhibited in the Istanbul Biennale (2017), at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, the Annenberg Space For Photography in Los Angeles, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in South Korea, and other galleries and institutions in Europe, the United States and Asia. Her film and multimedia work have also been screened at Les rencontres d’Arles and Visa pour l’Image festivals in France, and the Singapore International Film Festival. She has worked on assignment for global publications, such as The New York Times Magazine, TIME, National Geographic, The New Yorker and Harper’s Bazar.

Chi Yin read history at the London School of Economics and Political Science for her first two degrees and was a staff journalist and foreign correspondent for a decade before quitting to become an independent visual practitioner in 2011. She is currently also a PhD candidate on scholarship at King’s College London, in War Studies.

Chi Yin became a Magnum nominee in 2018.

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Theory & Practice

Most People Were Silent

Sim Chi Yin

Theme | 18 Stories

Earth Day

Theme | 23 Stories

Premieres

Arts & Culture

Holiday Culture in China

Sim Chi Yin

Theme | 18 Stories

Holidays

Past Exhibition
Central, Hong Kong

“One Day We’ll Understand” in Hong Kong

Sim Chi Yin
Until Aug 3, 2019

Theory & Practice

Three Perspectives on Ethics in Image-Making

Past Artist Talk
London, United Kingdom

Sim Chi Yin Presentation in London: Images, Agency, and the Environment

Sim Chi Yin
Apr 24 2019

Newsroom

A Mirage of Luxury Built on Sand

Sim Chi Yin

Past Artist Talk
Brighton, England

Performative Reading and Conversation: Sim Chi Yin with Annie Jael Kwan

Sim Chi Yin
Mar 19 2019 · Free

Past Course
London, United Kingdom

Magnum and LCC Intensive Documentary Photography Course – Summer 2019

Magnum Photographers
Aug 1 - 21 · Fully booked

Theme | 22 Stories

2018-19 Premieres

Past Artist Talk
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Sim Chi Yin “Intense Visitations” Talk

Sim Chi Yin
Nov 17 2018 · Free

Past Artist Talk
London, England

Sim Chi Yin Talk in London

Sim Chi Yin
Nov 23 2018 · Free

Theme | 5 Stories

2018 Nominees

Past Exhibition
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Sim Chi Yin: UnAuthorised Medium

Sim Chi Yin
Until Nov 18, 2018

Past Exhibition
New York, United States

Sim Chi Yin at Photoville

Sim Chi Yin
Until Sep 23, 2018

Past Workshop
London, United Kingdom

Magnum & BJP Professional Practice Series: NGOs, Social Practice and Advocacy

Sim Chi Yin
Nov 24 - 25 · Fully booked
From "Fallout", 2017.

Theory & Practice

Magnum Nominee Sim Chi Yin Waited Years to be Able to Commit to Photography

Sim Chi Yin

Past Exhibition
Oslo, Norway

Ban the Bomb

Sim Chi Yin
Until Nov 25, 2018