This magic lantern slide is from “The suitcase is a little bit rotten”, a conceptual series of work by Sim Chi Yin using new and found imagery to muse on the potentialities of inheritance and transgenerational memory. The series was created as part of Autograph's 2022 commissioning project Critical Times: Dialogues in Contemporary Photography supported by the Bagri Foundation. This work is part of Autograph's collection of photography.
The series makes use of an archive of magic lantern slides from the early 1900s. Chi Yin's interventions enable a re-imaginging of history and photographic time travel, through which the artist creates a fantastical time-space visual repertoire. She explains: “I wanted to create a sort of chronotopia – a collapsing or shifting of time and space.” By inserting members from her own family history into the slides, Chi Yin creates a palimpsest with different layers evoking childhood, trauma, futurity and the long legacies of colonial violence.
Sim Chi Yin (born 1978, Singapore) is a research-led visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice focuses on history, conflict, migration and memory, often combining photography, moving image, archival interventions and text-based performance in her multi-layered works.
Chi Yin’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at institutions and festivals such as Zilberman Gallery, Berlin; Les Rencontres d’Arles; Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden; Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong; Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore; Nobel Peace Museum, Oslo; Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery, UK; Jendela (Visual Arts Space) Gallery, Singapore; Guangzhou Image Triennial, China; 15th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey amongst others.
Her work is in the collections of The Getty, Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore. She was commissioned as the Nobel Peace Prize photographer in 2017. Chi Yin is represented by Zilberman Gallery in Berlin and Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong. She is completing a practice-based PhD at King’s College London and is currently based between New York and Berlin. You can see more of the artist's work on her website.
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