Berlin, Germany

Sim Chi Yin commission on display at Zilberman Gallery

29 Apr - 29 Jul 2023

ABOUT THE commission

Three artworks from Sim Chi Yin's series"The suitcase is a little bit rotten" are on display at Zilberman Gallery in Berlin, part of a new group exhibition Transit. They were commissioned by Autograph in 2022 for our project Critical Times: Dialogues in Contemporary Photography.

Intervening with an archive of magic lantern slides from the early 1900s as precarious sites of re-imagining and photographic time travel, the artist creates a fantastical time-space visual repertoire, a palimpsest of childhood, trauma, futurity and the long legacies of colonial violence.

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Zilberman Gallery
Schlüterstraße 45
D-10707 Berlin, Germany

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"the suitcase is a little bit rotten"

Sim Chi Yin created new work for Autograph, speculating on the potentialities of transgenerational memory and inheritance

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about the artist

Sim Chi Yin

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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Critical Times

A commissioning project responding to critical geopolitics of our time

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Images on page: All images by Sim Chi Yin, from the series “The suitcase is a little bit rotten”, commissioned by Autograph for Critical Times: Dialogues in Contemporary Photography (2022), supported by the Bagri Foundation. Banner image and View the Commission: [detail]

About the artist: Sim Chi Yin. Photo: Joel Low.