Sim Chi Yin won The 2020 Jimei x Arles Discovery Award !

Artist Sim Chi Yin won The 2020 Jimei x Arles Discovery Award. Congratulations! With a prize of RMB100,000 and she will be invited to hold a solo exhibition at the 2021 Les Rencontres d'Arles in France!


Art Director Gu Zheng remarked "As an experienced photojournalist, Sim Chi Yin's photographic work is better known in the world of journalism than in contemporary art. She has always followed important themes internationally, and she certainly has the capacity to trace and convey these motifs. She explores a series of issues that are connected to human realities and futures. Taking an aesthetic yet critical stance, she confronts and presents profound crises that are not readily visible.


When presented in an exhibition, her work is cohesive and visually impactful, reflecting her capacity to transform photojournalism with the vocabulary of contemporary art. As a result, from an artistic perspective, her photographs are very persuasive. Overall, Sim's work is a consideration of humanity's present and future within the temporal and spatial frame of the Anthropocene."

The curator Liu Xiao said in an interview: The two works "Most People Were Silent" and "The Shifting Sands" on display are traces of reality left by the modern national and global processes, like advancing historical machines. It is a thick document of heavyweight history. Sim Chi Yin's works are the aesthetic integration of landscape aesthetics and world political and economic imagery. Through historical events, changing reality and symbolic meaning, can we re-appraise "scenery" (landscape painting and landscape photography) as an aesthetic tradition and content, and can there be new enlightenment?

Jury members:

  • Christoph Wiesner, Director of Lea Rencontres d'Arles
  • Gu Zheng, Professor of Fudan University, Art Director of 2020 Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival
  • Lu Yinghua, Director of Beijing Inside-out Art Museum
  • Liu Bolin, Contemporary Artist
  • RongRong, Photographer, Co-founder of Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, Co-founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre
  • Wang Huangsheng, Professor of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Chief Director of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts


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December 2, 2020