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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 has 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.
 
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.

Selected Assignments

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