Sim Chi Yin
26 October 2020 – 28 February 2021
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.
The period between 1948 and 1960 witnessed the forced exodus of over 35,000 Malayan leftists to Southern China, including the artist’s own grandfather. Expanding on her long-term research project which excavates overlooked and contested histories of the Malayan anti-colonial war and her own family histories, Sim Chi Yin intends to trace the trajectories of the Malayan deportees, excavating both their individual experiences and the institutional circumstances which lead to their disappearance from collective memory. With the ports of Singapore being both sites of transit and origins of deportation, during the residency Sim will further her investigation through archival research and oral history interviews working towards the development of a new work. Often evoking a sense of spatial haunting, her aesthetic approach consistently slips away from the documentary into the realm of the affective, the imaginary, and the spectral.
Image credit: Sim Chi Yin, “One Day We'll Understand”: Requiem, 2019, two-channel video. Courtesy the artist and Magnum Photos.
23 Jan 2021, Sat 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the artist’s studio. Through discussions, performances, installations, and presentations of works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN showcases the diversity of contemporary art practice from around the globe and the divergent ways artists conceive an artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.
Kin Chui (Singapore), ila (Singapore), Sim Chi Yin (Singapore/United Kingdom), Marvin Tang (Singapore), Boedi Widjaja (Indonesia/Singapore), and Green Zeng (Singapore).
Also joining Residencies OPEN is Beatrice Glow (United States) thanks to a new partnership between the Centre and the Yale-NUS College Artist-in-Residence Programme. For more info, refer to https://artsandhumanities.yale-nus.edu.sg/artists-in-residence/about/.
Image: Studio of Fyerool Darma, Residencies OPEN, 17 and 18 January 2020.
One Day We'll Understand
Performative Reading by Sim Chi Yin (Singapore), Artist-in-Residence
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
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.
Limited spaces available, please register at https://sim-chi-yin-one-day-well-understand.eventbrite.sg
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.