‘The Mountain that Hid,’ 2022 Sim Chi Yin

Departing from Singaporean artist Sim Chi Yin’s video archive of the last decade, the two-channel film The Mountain that Hid is part of the artist’s project on her family history and the anti-colonial guerrilla war known as the Malayan Emergency (1948–1960), between the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA) and the Commonwealth forces in modern-day Malaysia and Singapore.  

The two channels develop in different locations: in a railroad tunnel in the jungle in Singapore and in Sim’s ancestral family house in China. Taking a speculative approach to historical processes, topics such as anti-colonial resistances, deportation, diaspora, and trans-generational silences and inheritances take a spectral presence in the work. In this visual essay, history’s circular nature is unfolded, tracing it back to the artist’s grandfather’s deportation to China in 1949 by the British colonial government, and his  subsequent execution, in the context of the war officially known as Malayan Emergency.

Read less
Social Justice
Produced by:
27/10 2022
Sim Chi Yin
‘The Mountain that Hid,’ 2022
Two-channel video, color, sound
5 min 56 sec

Camera: Sim Chi Yin | Director: Sim Chi Yin | Editor: Aacharee Ungsriwong | Producer on Singapore leg: Joseph Nair

Commissioned by TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary for TBA21 on st_age

Acknowledgments: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore & The Shen family in Gaoshang village

Cover image: Sim Chi Yin
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions