Sim Chi Yin

Sim Chi Yin (b. 1978) is the granddaughter of a photographer and journalist killed during China’s civil war. This history, taboo in her family for decades during the Cold War, eventually drew her back to China from her native Singapore. Chi Yin was commissioned as the Nobel Peace Prize photographer in 2017 and created a solo show for the Nobel Peace Center museum in Oslo on nuclear weapons. Her photo and film work has been shown in museums, galleries and photo festivals all around the world. She was the inaugural Magnum Foundation Social Justice and Photography fellow at New York University in 2010 and a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography in 2013. Chi Yin was a newspaper staff writer and foreign correspondent for nine years before quitting to be an independent visual artist. She is researching a book on the early Cold War that tells the story of her grandfather, his compatriots and their anti-colonial battle in British Malaya, and working on a global project on sand.


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