Sim Chi Yin (b. 1978, Singapore) focuses on history, memory, conflict, and migration and its consequences through the mediums of photography and new media.
The Nobel Peace Prize photographer for 2017, her photo and video work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and photo and film festivals in Asia, the United States and Europe, including at the Istanbul Biennale in 2017, at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, and at PhotoVille in New York, the Annenberg Space For Photography in Los Angeles, Southeastern Center For Contemporary Art in North Carolina, Tom Blau gallery in London, and the Arko Art Center and Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in South Korea. Her work has also been screened at Les rencontres d’Arles and Visa pour l’Image festivals in France, and the Singapore International Film Festival. She does commissioned work for global publications, such as The New York Times Magazine, Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker and Harpers.
Chi Yin won the Chris Hondros Award in 2018. She was an 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. She was listed as one of 30 emerging photographers globally by Photo District News in 2013 and in British Journal of Photography’s “Ones to Watch” in 2014. That year, she was Her World Magazine’s “Young Woman Achiever of the Year”.
Chi Yin read history at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is from Singapore and has been based in Beijing for the past decade. She works with photography, film, sound, text and archival material.
Chi Yin was with VII Photo Agency from 2011 to 2017, as a mentee and then a member. She recently joined Magnum Photos as a nominee.
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.