Yee I-Lann (b. 1971, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo) lives and works in Kuala Lumpur. She graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) in 1993, with a major in photography and a minor in cinematography. Her primarily photomedia-based practice speculates on issues of culture, power, and the role of historical memory in our social experience. Such layers necessitate an extensive and multilayered visual vocabulary drawn from historical references, popular culture, archives, and everyday objects. Yee also works as a production designer for feature films.
Her work has been exhibited in museums and international biennials. Recent exhibitions include Yee I-Lann: 2005–2016 at Ayala Musuem, Manila (2016); Like the Banana Tree at the Gate, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York (2016); Sous la Lune / Beneath the Moon, Institue of Contemporary Art, Singapore (2015); Jakarta Biennale: Neither Back Nor Forward: Acting In The Present, curated by Charles Esche and Irma Chantily, Gudand Sarinah, Indonesia (2015); Picturing The Nation, curated by Valentine Willie, Ilham Gallery, Malaysia (2015); Tabled, Silverlens Galleries, Singapore (2014); and Picturing Power, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York (2014).
She was a member of the curatorial team for the 2013 Singapore Biennale and is the first Malaysian contemporary artist to hold a solo exhibition at the Ayala Museum in Manila.
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