b. 1971, Malaysia

Yee I-Lann Biography

Born 1971 in Kota Kinabalu, Yee I-Lann received her BA in Visual Arts from the University of South Australia in 1993 and is currently based in Kuala Lumpur. Yee has established herself over the past 20 years as one of the region's leading contemporary artists, known for her digital photocollage and video works that deftly employ a complex, multi-layered visual vocabulary drawn from historical references, popular culture, archives, and everyday objects – works that speculate on issues of culture, power, and the role of historical memory in social experience, often with particular focus on themes and motifs that reference the indigenous cultures of Borneo.

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Yee has exhibited widely in museums and biennials around the world. Selected highlights include: Body/Play/Politics in Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan (2016); the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia (2015 and 1999); the Jakarta Biennale, Indonesia (2015); The Roving Eye, ARTER Space for Art, Istanbul, Turkey (2014-15); Finding your place in the world: Asian photomedia, at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2014); Afterimage: Contemporary Photography from Southeast Asia, Singapore Art Museum (2014-15); Suspended Histories, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2013); Contemporary Commonwealth, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2006); the Singapore Biennale (2006); Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves, ZKM I Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007); and the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka, Japan (2009). Fluid World, a solo exhibition surveying her major works to date, was presented at Adelaide's Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia in 2011. She was a member of the curatorial team for the 2013 Singapore Biennale.

Text courtesy Mind Set Art Center.

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Doormatic Glide Refractor with weaving by: S. Narty Raitom, Zaitun Raitom, Julia Ginasius and Julitah Kulinting by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork sculpture
Yee I-Lann Doormatic Glide Refractor with weaving by: S. Narty Raitom, Zaitun Raitom, Julia Ginasius and Julitah Kulinting, 2023 Split bamboo pus weave with kayu obol (tuber) black natural dye, matt sealant
218 x 161 cm
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& (black), & (white), Exploding & (black), Exploding & (white) by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork sculpture
Yee I-Lann & (black), & (white), Exploding & (black), Exploding & (white), 2021 Split bamboo pus weave with kayu obol black natural dye, matt sealant
118.8 x 84.1 cm
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THE TUKAD KAD SEQUENCE #05 by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork sculpture
Yee I-Lann THE TUKAD KAD SEQUENCE #05, 2022 Split bamboo pus weave with kayu obol black natural dye, matt sealant
203 x 304 cm
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TIKAR/MEJA 60 by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork textile
Yee I-Lann TIKAR/MEJA 60, 2018-2019 Bajau Sama DiLaut Pandanus weave with commercial chemical dye and matt sealant
83 x 117 cm
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TIKAR/MEJA 52 by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork textile
Yee I-Lann TIKAR/MEJA 52, 2018-2019 Bajau Sama DiLaut Pandanus weave with commercial chemical dye and matt sealant
92 x 122 cm
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TIKAR/MEJA 21 by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork textile
Yee I-Lann TIKAR/MEJA 21, 2018-2019 Bajau Sama DiLaut Pandanus weave with commercial chemical dye and matt sealant
91 x 110 cm
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TIKAR/MEJA 13 by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork textile
Yee I-Lann TIKAR/MEJA 13, 2018-2019 Bajau Sama DiLaut Pandanus weave with commercial chemical dye and matt sealant
101 x 143.5 cm
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The Ch'i_lin Of Calauit by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork print
Yee I-Lann The Ch'i_lin Of Calauit, 2005 C-print

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