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Yee I-Lann

b. 1971, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo; lives and works in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

Yee I-Lann is a Malaysian artist known for her multimedia works that explore power and society, language and aesthetics. Yee's work is often triggered by the complex and multifaceted cultural and geopolitical landscape of Malaysia, drawing from a longstanding interest in the wider Southeast Asian region, its precolonial and colonial histories, and its global connectivity. Her multimedia works incorporate a range of materials, including photography, video, and local mediums such as textiles, to create powerful visual narratives that challenge conventional ways of seeing and understanding the world. Through her thought-provoking and visually striking works, Yee I-Lann challenges viewers to think critically about issues of power and representation.

Yee I-Lann's recent projects include 14th Gwangju Biennale: Soft and weak like water, Gwangju (2023); Yee I-Lann: Picturing Power, Perlman Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota (2022); I-Lann & Collaborators: Borneo Heart, Sabah International Convention Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (2021); Yee I-Lann: Until We Hug Again, CHAT, Hong Kong (2021); ZIGAZIG ah!, Silverlens, Manila, Philippines (2019); and Yee I-Lann: 2005-2016, Ayala Museum, Manila, Philippines (2016). Among her selected group exhibitions are the Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2022); Aichi Triennale, Aichi, Japan (2022); Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung City, Taiwan (2019); SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, The National Art Center and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2017); Yinchuan Biennale, Yinchuan, China (2016); Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta, Indonesia (2015); and Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (1999, 2021).

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