“When the rooster crows at  dawn”

Dear 爷爷 (grandpa) , I’m taking you back to 南洋 Nanyang (the “southern seas”) tonight. In early 1949, you were transferred from Taiping detention camp onto a train, and deported by British from the port of Singapore, sailing seven days and seven nights to Swatow/Shantou in southern China. Tonight, I’m taking you from Beijing to…

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Istanbul Biennale reviewed in Art Forum
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Great to receive this review of the Istanbul Biennial in Artforum International Magazine’s December issue, including a detail of my work “The Rat Tribe, 2011-2015”, alongside that of some of the other international artists who exhibited. https://www.artforum.com/inprint/issue=201710&id=72471 The Biennale is also reviewed in the latest issue of @Frieze Magazine. https://frieze.com/issues/frieze-magazine/issue-192 With thanks to the wonderful…

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“Relics”: colonial legacies, hidden histories | exhibition 19 Jan-1 Apr

I’ll be exhibiting part of the family history/ colonial history project I’ve been working on — “One Day We’ll Understand” — at the Esplanade Singapore’s Jendela Gallery during Singapore Art Week, in a three-artist show titled “Relics”, engaging with colonial legacies and hidden histories. Curated by Sam I-shan. The other artists are Sarker Protick from Bangladesh and…

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The nuclear “button”?
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My button is bigger than your button…. but there is no button… I don’t know about the North Korean command and control systems, but in all the Cold War era nuclear facilities I photographed in November in the United States for “Fallout”, my exhibition for the Nobel Peace Prize 2017, there wasn’t a big angry…

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“The Tin Men” to be exhibited at Sydney Festival 2018

The project I shot in 2014 in Indonesia’s Bangka island — where much of the world’s supply of tin used for our electronic products — will be shown in the Sydney Festival opening 5 January 2018, at the University of New South Wales galleries. Curated by Cherie McNair. https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2018/in-your-dreams Full story: http://chiyinsim.com/tin-men/

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“Fallout” — my Nobel Peace Prize exhibition opens in Oslo

In September (2017), I was commissioned to create this year’s Nobel Peace Prize exhibition. As soon as this year’s Peace laureate — the global civil society group, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) — was announced on October 6, I have been working to produce this show that opened in Oslo after the Peace…

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“The Rat Tribe” on show at the Istanbul Biennale

Excited and honoured to be showing a set of 12 images from my “Rat Tribe” project in the 15th Istanbul Biennale, which is this year themed “a good neighbour”. Thoughtfully and subtly curated by star contemporary artist duo Elmgreen and Dragset, the biennale exhibits the work of 56 artists from 32 countries exploring the ideas…

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The Rat Tribe

Every morning, a metamorphosis takes place below the ground of China’s capital. In a world without sun or fresh air, people roll out of bed in windowless rooms, empty bedpans into communal toilets, pay 50 cents for a five-minute shower, ascend concrete stairways to the outside world and transform themselves from residents of the city’s…

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Burmese Spring

Their sweaty, sinewy bodies writhed in ecstasy. Fists clenched, they punched the air and screamed with abandon. These young men and women were letting it all out at a concert by Myanmar’s hottest rock band, Iron Cross, in the heart of the old capital of Yangon.

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Tin Men

Thousands of Indonesians armed with plastic scoops, pick axes and jerry cans work to find tin each day on Bangka Island – just off the eastern coast of Sumatra — extracting the tin that becomes the solder that binds components in the world’s tablet computers, smartphones, and other electronics.

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Sand / Land

Sand is one of the resources the world is guzzling at the fastest speed. I started researching this fascinating topic last year and began to photograph it on an artist’s residency with the Exactly Foundation. I was coincidentally asked by The New York Times Magazine to photograph a chapter in Singapore of an on-going global…

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