Yee I-Lann has gained recognition internationally for her distinctive photomedia-based practice which seeks resonances across history, landscape, memory and cultural identity. Such layers necessitate an extensive and multi-layered visual vocabulary drawn from historical references, popular culture, archives and everyday objects.
Born in 1971 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Yee graduated from the University of South Australia (Adelaide, Australia) with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) in 1993 with a major in Photography and a minor in Cinematography. Her work has been exhibited in museums and international biennials. Recent exhibitions include Tabled, Silverlens Galleries, Gillman Barracks, Singapore (2014); Picturing Power, Tyler Rollins, New York (2014); Curators’ Series #7. A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK (2014); The (Post) Colonial Photostudio, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2013); Paris Photo (2013); Suspended Histories, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2013); Welcome to the Jungle: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan (2013); Art of Memory: Contemporary Textile Expressions, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand (2013); ArtJog’13: Maritime Culture, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2013). She was a member of the curatorial team for the 2013 Singapore Biennale. Yee also works in the film industry in Malaysia. Her most recent production role in 2014 was as Set Decorator for the television series Indian Summers (Season One, Episodes 1-4), a Channel 4 (UK)/PBS (US) production. Yee currently lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.