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Titan II Missile ©Sim Chi Yin | Magnum Photos 1000px

Sim Chi Yin: Most People were Silent

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Address: Earl Lu Gallery
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
LASALLE, 1 McNally Street

Starts: 20 July, 2018
Ends: 10 October, 2018
Opening times: 1200 – 1900hrs, Tue to Sun Closed on Mon and public holidays
Price: Free
Genre: Documentary

The Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore will present an exhibition of work by new Magnum nominee Sim Chi Yin, opening July 20, 2018. The photographer was recently announced as one of the latest recruits to the agency.

In 2010, after working for nearly 10 years as a newspaper staff writer and foreign correspondent, Sim Chi Yin embarked on an independent career as a photojournalist, undertaking assignments for international magazines such as National Geographic and The New York Times. Recently, contemporary art has provided a less prescriptive context in which she can develop new methods and a slower pace to explore critical issues such as history and memory, migration, sand appropriation and the nuclear age.

Most people were silent is an exhibition composed of photographs taken in the vicinity of nuclear sites in North Korea and the United States of America. Collectively titled Fallout, the series was commissioned in 2017 by Oslo’s Nobel Peace Center for the Nobel Peace Prize exhibition (12 December 2017 to 25 November 2018).

In the Earl Lu Gallery, Sim’s striking photographs will be presented on the glass façade and suspended on screens. Videos and photographic images visualise the similarities between the North American and North Korean landscapes; snowy mountaintops, fences and desolate control rooms evoke an eerie sense of displacement in part because of their geographic ambiguity.

Most people were silent exposes the seemingly dormant threat of the nuclear, between and beyond the genres of documentary and landscape photography. Sim’s camera reveals the visible and invisible borders of nuclear warheads, captures objects that have been exposed to nuclear radiation, and allows unusual access to classified spaces. Although people are rarely visible in these photographs, the photographer’s presence and her risky journeying are revealed in the composition of each image.

Sim Chi Yin (born Singapore 1978) is an award-winning photographer and recent Magnum Photos nominee. In 2018 Sim won the Chris Hondros Award and taught in the Magnum Foundation’s Social Justice and Photography programme.

Sim Chi Yin will also be taking part in a panel discussion on the present condition of the nuclear age on July 27, 2018. The discussion is free to attend.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Singapore initiates, produces and presents innovative and emerging creative practices. Through an annual programme of interdisciplinary artistic and curatorial practices across the visual arts, design, new media and performance, it provides a dynamic site for contemporary culture in Southeast Asia.

The ICA Singapore comprises five galleries that span a total of 1,500 square metres. The exhibition programme is separated into two strands: major national and international exhibitions, and curriculum-related, individual and collaborative projects developed with LASALLE staff and students.


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