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 Prize ceremony on December 11.
This has been an amazing, whirlwind journey through humans’ grappling with nuclear weapons. Thank you to everyone who made possible this exhibition which is on at the Nobel Peace Center museum till November 2018.
One is the only country to have tested nuclear weapons in the 21st century.
The other is the first country to have tested and used them. North Korea and the United States are at two ends of the nuclear equation – but today are locked in a dangerous cycle of threats and counter-threats.
Documentary photographer Sim Chi Yin travelled 6,000 kilometers along the China-North Korea border and through six states in United States, to create a series of diptychs reflecting on humans’ experience with nuclear weapons, past and present.
Sim Chi Yin was commissioned as this year’s Nobel Peace Prize photographer to make an exhibition on the 2017 Peace Prize winner, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
An interview I did with the Nobel Peace Center in October, when I’d conceptualised but not yet shot the work:
Speaking about the work to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2017 and the Nobel Committee, at the exhibition opening, Dec 11, Oslo:
Some installation views:
pictures by Johannes Granseth for the Nobel Peace Center