Sim Chi Yin

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Sim Chi Yin is a visual artist and documentary photographer focusing on history, memory, conflict, and migration and its consequences.

Chi Yin’s work combines rigorous research and intimate storytelling. She was commissioned as the Nobel Peace Prize photographer in 2017 and created a solo show for the Nobel Peace Center museum in Oslo on nuclear weapons. Her photo and video work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and photo and film festivals in Asia, the United States and Europe, including a show at the Istanbul Biennale in 2017, and group shows at PhotoVille in New York, the Annenberg Space For Photography in Los Angeles, Southeastern Center For Contemporary Art in North Carolina, Tom Blau gallery in London, Objectifs in Singapore, and the Arko Art Center and Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in South Korea. Her work has also been screened at Les rencontres d'Arles and Visa pour l'Image festivals in France, and the Singapore International Film Festival. She does commissioned work for global publications, such as The New York Times Magazine, Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker and Harpers. She also teaches and speaks at festivals, corporations and conferences.

Chi Yin was the inaugural Magnum Foundation Human Rights and Photography fellow at New York University in 2010, and a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography in 2013. She was in British Journal of Photography’s “Ones to Watch” in 2014. That year, she was Her World Magazine’s “Young Woman Achiever of the Year.”

She was on the World Press Photo jury in 2016 and mentors younger photographers in Asia through year-long programmes and teaching workshops such as the annual Angkor Photo Workshop in Cambodia.

Chi Yin read history at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was a newspaper staff writer and foreign correspondent for 9 years before leaving to be an independent visual storyteller. She is from Singapore and has been based in Beijing for the past decade. She works with photography, film, sound, text and archival material.

She is researching a book on the early Cold War that tells the story of her grandfather, his compatriots and their anti-colonial battle in British Malaya, and working on a project on sand.