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Residencies OPEN
One Day We’ll Understand
Performative Reading by Sim Chi Yin (Singapore), Artist-in-Residence

22 Jan 2021, Fri 03:00 PM - 03:15 PM
22 Jan 2021, Fri 05:00 PM - 05:15 PM
23 Jan 2021, Sat 02:00 PM - 02:15 PM
23 Jan 2021, Sat 05:30 PM - 05:45 PM
Block 37 #01-03

Through the device of a letter, Sim Chi Yin addresses her late grandfather. The first-person narrative takes us on a cinematic journey into landscapes and historiographies, memories and remnants of the anti-colonial war in British Malaya, a period of insurgency which was labeled “Malayan Emergency” (1948-1960) by the colonial rulers. By weaving together words and visuals, this voice-driven act slowly unfolds a palimpsest of untold family stories, inter-generational traumas, and forgotten wars raising questions about who gets to remember, who gets to be remembered, and how.

[content warning] The programme includes images that may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

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This event is part of Residencies OPEN, 22 & 23 January 2021.


Image: Sim Chi Yin, One Day We’ll Understand – Remnants, photograph, 2011 – ongoing. Courtesy the artist.

Photographer and artist Sim Chi Yin (b. 1978, Singapore/United Kingdom) combines rigorous research with intimate storytelling to explore issues relating to history, memory, conflict, and migration. Recent solo exhibitions include One Day We’ll Understand, Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden (2020), One Day We’ll Understand, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong (2019) and Most People Were Silent, Institute of Contemporary Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore (2018). Her work has also been included in group shows such as Most People Were Silent, Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery, United Kingdom (2019); UnAuthorised Medium, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Relics, Jendela (Visual Arts Space) Gallery, Esplanade, Singapore (both 2018); and the 15th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2017). Sim was commissioned as the Nobel Peace Prize photographer in 2017, nominated for the Vera List Center’s Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice 2020 and shortlisted as a finalist for the Tim Hetherington Trust Visionary Award 2020.