Four artworks from Sim Chi Yin's series"The suitcase is a little bit rotten" will be on display in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Programme studio exhibition this spring. 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, Chi Yin creates a fantastical time-space visual repertoire, a palimpsest of 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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