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“One Day We’ll Understand”

Sim Chi Yin’s Remnants and Requiem take us on a cinematic journey through traces of hidden histories. The ethereal landscapes she conjures are an unspoken archive of an undeclared war. Evocative of memories long buried, these sites hold fragments of the twelve-year conflict between the British colonial government and the resistance led by the Malayan leftists (from 1948 to 1960).

Sim takes her family history as a starting point, and unearths contested narratives, embodied trauma and silenced memories. In excavating the story of her grandfather who had been taboo in the family for 60 years after being deported from colonial British Malaya and dying a Communist in China, the artist encounters a generation who fought — and sometimes died — for their political beliefs during the Cold War. In her first exhibition in Hong Kong, Sim presents a series of landscape photographs, still life images, and a video and sound installation, interrogating absences and erasures, multiple versions of memory and modes of spatial haunting.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a series of scholarly talks around the ideas and ideals of that time — Utopian or otherwise — and their resonance today. At the opening on June 15, Sim will be in conversation with scholars Xu Xiaohong and Hsu Fang-Tze, curator and gallerist Johnson Chang and performance maker Mark Teh.

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Date

Jun 15 - Aug 03, 2019

Contact

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Photos

Installation view of “One Day We’ll Understand”

Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

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Installation view of “One Day We’ll Understand”

Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

Artworks

Sim Chi Yin > <

Remnants #1 (餘跡之一)

Remnants #2 (餘跡之二)

Remnants #3 (餘跡之三)

Remnants #4 (餘跡之四)

Remnants #5 (餘跡之五)

Remnants #6 (餘跡之六)

Remnants #7 (餘跡之七)

Remnants #8 (餘跡之八)

Remnants #9 (餘跡之九)

emnants #10 (餘跡之十)

Remnants #11 (餘跡之十一)

Remnants #12 (餘跡之十二)

Remnants #13 (餘跡之十三)

Remnants #14 (餘跡之十四)

Remnants #15 (餘跡之十五)

Remnants #16 (餘跡之十六)

Remnants #17 (餘跡之十七)

Requiem (輓歌)

Sim Chi Yin > <

Remnants #1 (餘跡之一)

Remnants #2 (餘跡之二)

Remnants #3 (餘跡之三)

Remnants #4 (餘跡之四)

Remnants #5 (餘跡之五)

Remnants #6 (餘跡之六)

Remnants #7 (餘跡之七)

Remnants #8 (餘跡之八)

Remnants #9 (餘跡之九)

emnants #10 (餘跡之十)

Remnants #11 (餘跡之十一)

Remnants #12 (餘跡之十二)

Remnants #13 (餘跡之十三)

Remnants #14 (餘跡之十四)

Remnants #15 (餘跡之十五)

Remnants #16 (餘跡之十六)

Remnants #17 (餘跡之十七)

Requiem (輓歌)

Artists

Sim Chi Yin

Singapore