Sim Chi Yin (SG)

Most People Were Silent

20 February 2021 - 07 March 2021
Image: Sim Chi Yin, from the series [Fallout] (detail), 2017. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Sim Chi Yin, from the series Fallout (detail), 2017. Courtesy the artist.


20 February 2021 - 07 March 2021


Le Space [i]
1 Mater St, Collingwood
Wed – Fri, 12pm – 2pm
Sat, 12pm – 5pm


Wheelchair access, Accessible Toilets, Accessible Parking

Due to lockdown restrictions delaying installation of this exhibition, Most People Were Silent will now open on 20 February.

Shown for the first time in Australia, Magnum photographer Sim Chi Yin’s installation Most People Were Silent is a series of nuclear-related landscapes taken at the North Korea-China border, and the United States.

Ushering the viewer into the strikingly similar landscapes of both borders, Chi Yin suspends our sense of place, and leaves us in an ambiguous realm of reflection and imagination.

Commissioned in response to the Nobel Peace Prize 2017 winner—the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons—Most People Were Silent is a work that explores the states, confusions and consequences of history, memory, conflict and migration.

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March