› 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
› Fri, 09 Dec 2016
Shot a portrait recently of Jean Liu, honcho of Chinese ride-share company Didi Chuxing who engineered the buy-out of Uber in China.
For Financial Times Magazine’s Women of the Year 2016 issue. Interview by Charles Clover. Thank you to DOP Emma Bowkett.
Rural portrait #3. #siemreap #cambodia . Here to teach at @angkorphotofest workshop. #iphoneonly #everydayasia @viiphoto
Gangway. On my way to Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap to teach a workshop with @newshatavakolian as partner, and to show @viiphoto colleagues’ short films. #angkorphotofestival @angkorphotofest
› Wed, 30 Nov 2016
Join us for Visual Storytelling, a public forum featuring Magnum Foundation-supported photographers Chien-Chi Chang, Sim Chi Yin, and Lijie Zhang. They will discuss their work exploring social exclusion and economic disparity.
The conversation will be moderated by Susan Meiselas, President of the Magnum Foundation, with introductory remarks by Cherian George, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Sim Chi Yin will show Dying to Breathe, a project that weaves together still photographs and audio to convey a gold miner’s struggle with terminal lung disease. Lijie Zhang will share her project CiCi, a photographic collaboration exploring albinism through layers of colorful fantasy. And Chien-Chi Chang will present Side Chain, a video that revisits his previous work on mental illness.
Visual Storytelling is produced by Magnum Foundation in partnership with Asia Society’s ChinaFile and hosted by Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication. Special thanks to Institute of Creativity (IoC) of Hong Kong Baptist University, the Rosenthal Family Foundation and to our individual donors for their generous support.
Friday, December 16
6:00-7:30pm Hong Kong Time, with reception to follow
Hong Kong Baptist University
› Tue, 29 Nov 2016
Being the Magnum Foundation’s inaugural “Human rights and photography” fellow in 2010 and the foundation’s continued support over the years has been crucial in my transition from writing journalist to visual storyteller. It does such important work being the wind beneath the wings of photographers out there trying to stories of our complex and noisy world. Support its work this #GivingTuesday!