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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for her digital photocollage and video works that deftly employ a complex, multi-layered visual vocabulary drawn from historical references, popular culture, archives, and everyday objects – works that speculate on issues of culture, power, and the role of historical memory in social experience,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.

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Yee I-Lann Featured Artworks

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Landscape by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork
Yee I-LannLandscape, 2016Giclee print on HahnemühlePhotoRag® paper
50 x 168 cm
Mind Set Art Center Contact Gallery
TABLED by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork
Yee I-LannTABLED, 2013Ceramic rimmed flat plates with digital decal prints and back-stamp and custom made plate cabinets made from recycled colonial era solid teak wood
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TIKAR/MEJA 50 by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork
Yee I-LannTIKAR/MEJA 50, 2018-2019Bajau Sama DiLaut Pandanus weave with commercial chemical dye and matt sealant
95 x 122 cm
SILVERLENS Contact Gallery
TIKAR/MEJA 41 by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork
Yee I-LannTIKAR/MEJA 41, 2018-2019Bajau Sama DiLaut Pandanus weave with commercial chemical dye and matt sealant
85 x 128 cm
SILVERLENS Contact Gallery
TIKAR/MEJA 39 by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork
Yee I-LannTIKAR/MEJA 39, 2018-2019Bajau Sama DiLaut Pandanus weave with commercial chemical dye and matt sealant
91 x 140 cm
SILVERLENS Contact Gallery
TIKAR/MEJA 3 by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork
Yee I-LannTIKAR/MEJA 3, 2018-2019Bajau Sama DiLaut Pandanus weave with commercial chemical dye and matt sealant
86 x 112 cm
SILVERLENS Contact Gallery
The Ch'i_lin Of Calauit by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork
Yee I-LannThe Ch'i_lin Of Calauit, 2005C-print

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Yee I-Lann Recent Exhibitions

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'BODY/PLAY/POLITICS': Asian and African artists at Yokohama Museum of Art Related Press 'BODY/PLAY/POLITICS': Asian and African artists at Yokohama Museum of Art 5 November 2016, Art Radar Journal

As a site of exploration, as much as it is a site of tension, the body – individual, human, but also collective and collectively shaped – is the focus for a range of artistic interpretations at the Yokohama Museum of Art. Showcasing the works of six artists from the United Kingdom and Nigeria, Japan and Southeast Asia...

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China’s Yinchuan City to host its first biennale in September 2016 Related Press China’s Yinchuan City to host its first biennale in September 2016 1 June 2016, e-flux

Madam Liu, Director of Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (MOCA Yinchuan), announced today that the museum will hold its first biennale. To be curated by internationally acclaimed artist, curator and co-founder of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Bose Krishnamachari, the exhibition will be held from September 9 to December 18, 2016 on the premises of MOCA...

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The safety of objects at Jakarta Biennale Related Press The safety of objects at Jakarta Biennale 26 November 2015, Artforum

With blockbuster biennials increasingly wedded to the galleries underwriting them, the term “biennial art”—the European second cousin of “commercial” art—no longer holds the same currency. When it comes to events off the beaten track, however, exhibitions often build credibility through following “biennial...

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Charles Esche on the 2015 'Jakarta Biennale' Related Press Charles Esche on the 2015 'Jakarta Biennale' 12 November 2015, Flash Art

The 2015 Jakarta Biennale, titled Maju Kena, Mundur Kena: Bertindak Sekarang   (Neither Forward nor Back: Acting in the Present), runs from November 15, 2015, through January 17, 2016. Charles Esche, director of the Van Abbemuseum, is collaborating with six emerging Indonesian curators to question what it means to act as artists and...

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