› Mon, 23 Jan 2017
Took a Chinese interview recently with 谷雨 Gu Yu, the non-fiction storytelling platform of Tencent, China’s largest online portal.
Spoke my mind on working on deeply emotional, intimate stories, on the joys and pitfalls of the freelance documentarian’s life, on “manipulation” and ethics in documentary work, and on the struggle for one’s (conservative Asian) parents to understand and accept one’s lifestyle and choices.
Thanks Gu Yu platform for the interview.
(In Chinese only!)
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Morning. #airport #bus #singapore #changi #departures #travel #flight #iphoneonly @viiphoto
› Wed, 11 Jan 2017
Worked for weeks with Meredith Birkett Hogan and Eric Henry Emma to pull together the different forms of my four-year project Dying To Breathe – short film, photo slideshow, text, video open letter, radio piece etc. – all on one platform on the new interactive, multimedia story-telling tool Verse!
The whole piece with the different elements can now be embedded in other websites! https://verse.com/…/683-dying-to…/dying-to-breathe-2011-2015
Multimedia story-tellers, you could consider using Verse to build out your projects! verse.com
Deep in the landlocked rural heartland of China, Sim Chi Yin documented a gold miner’s slow death due to “Black Lung”, the disease known as pneumoconiosis. Pneumoconiosis is contracted from the lungs’ exposure to dust from drilling and it hardens the worker’s lung tissue over time, making it harder and harder to breathe. Her important work puts faces to the unnamed Chinese workers the disease is quietly killing. Pneumoconiosis is China’s most prevalent occupational disease, affecting at least 6 million workers, and is still a problem in other mining countries like South Africa as well as making a comeback in the US, UK and Australia. This project was supported by grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
› Wed, 04 Jan 2017
Floors. #hongkong #iphoneonly #sound @viiphoto
› Sat, 31 Dec 2016
Shot a portrait and a collection of pictures on a brutal set of Cultural Revolution killings in Hunan, in 1967, for a review in the @nyrb by @iandenisjohnson on Chinese journalist Tan Hecheng’s painstaking documentation.
› Fri, 30 Dec 2016
My “The Rat Tribe” project on migrant workers living in basements in Beijing will be shown at Photival Festival in Wellington, New Zealand, in a series of exhibitions on the theme of “Brink”.http://www.photival.com/events/2016/8/16/sim-chi-yin-the-rat-tribe
Thanks to Demi Heath and the team for curating my work, and to @viiphoto CEO Andy Patrick and operations director Giana Choroszewski for facilitating.
› Thu, 29 Dec 2016
“Dying To Breathe” is showing alongside work by other VII colleagues at Dispatches – Live News Through Art: An Exhibit from The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Partnership with the Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting.
Dispatches gathers and generates artistic responses to the news by 34 contemporary artists and photojournalists. The exhibition includes a survey of works from 2010 – present and launches a series of commissions, or “dispatches” on current events and the critical issues of our time.The art works emerge from within and in defiance of today’s media landscape, ranging from real-time coverage to deliberately slow and analog forms. They enlarge our collective capacity to sensitively receive stories delivered in today’s unevenly regulated and fast flow of news. They decelerate the speed of information. Or, they organize collective efforts toward a more humanizing interaction.
Dispatches is divided into five thematic zones: Post-9-11 Realities; Borders and Migrations; Ecological Justice; New Forms of Social Action; and the 2016 US Presidential Election. An exhibition is a forum—one of the few public commons designed to cultivate our ethical and civic capacities to grapple with what is happening in our world. Dispatches invites you to enliven this forum and say something.Dispatches educational outreach is realized in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit journalism organization dedicated to raising awareness of under-reported global issues through direct support for journalism and educational outreach.
› Mon, 26 Dec 2016
Thanks Art Radar for writing about the Women in Photography exhibition I and other international women practitioners are showing our work in at Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film, co-presented by Magnum Foundation.
The month-long show ended 20 Nov.
› Fri, 23 Dec 2016
I shared some thoughts on smog, stereotypes and social activism with @GUPmagazine recently.
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Photo by by @chiyin_sim / @VIIPhoto. Fur Coat, Dongling, China, 2012.
Buy the print now! Click on the link in our bio or go here: http://vii.agency/winter-scy “Standing in the middle of a rural street, trying to hail a local bus, this young woman is the archetypal Chinese migrant worker, leaving the countryside for the towns and cities — to work for a better life. Her faux fur coat, leopard skin patterned bag, and shin-high leather boots hint at her urban aspirations, even as she shuffles down a gravelly village street, probably heading back to town after a visit home.
I was stepping out of a car on a trip to a village in landlocked Anhui province in central China when she caught my eye. I made just a few frames but for me, she’s become the face of the millions of young migrant workers who drive China’s urban economy, the same people I photographed in my long-term project "The Rat Tribe”. They are full of youthful zeal to make it big in the city and to move up in life. What I see in her appearance, posture, expression is a typical hopefulness and tenacity common to many migrants around the world. But in it is also the growing disjunct between country and city, the emerging discomfort younger Chinese have for the rural life as China deals with the largest ever domestic migration in human history. This image is the cover of the book Out to Work: Migration, Gender, and the Changing Lives of Rural Women in Contemporary China, by Arianne Gaetano.” #VIIObservations