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Yee I-Lann (b. 1971, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia) lives and works in Kuala Lumpur. Her primarily photomedia-based practice speculates on issues of culture, power and the role of historical memory in our social experience. I-Lann also works as a production designer for feature films.

2014
Tabled, Silverlens, Singapore
Picturing Power, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York

2011
Fluid World, Mind Set Art Center (MSAC), Taipei
Fluid World, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide

2010
Boogeyman, Black Box, MAP, Kuala Lumpur

2008
Sulu Stories, Kathmandu Gallery, Bangkok

2008
Kinabalu, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2003
Horizon, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

2002
Malaysiana: New Works by Yee I-Lann & Sidney Tan, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

2001
BUY by labDNA, The Substation Gallery, Singapore
Conversations with Tea curated by Judy Freya Sibayan, Nomad-Scapular Gallery, Manila

2000
Goldfish & Football: Yee I-Lann & Yusof Majid, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

1997
Con + Fuse: Yee I-Lann & Khamal Hamdan, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

1992
Contemporary Photography: Yee I-Lann & Sally Foster, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Open Sea: Artists from Singapore & South East Asia, Musee d’art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
The Space Between, Wei-Ling Contemporary, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
On Sweat, Paper and Porcelain, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Center for Curatorial Studies, New York, USA
Looking Ahead: 15 Malaysian Artists, Fergana Art, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

2014
Away From The Long Night, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
Afterimage: Contemporary Photography from Southeast Asia, Singapore Art Museum
Daegu Photo Biennale 2014: Origins, Memories & Parodies, Daegu, South Korea
THE ROVING EYE: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, Arter, Istanbul
Curators’ Series #7. A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Pertumpuan: Senusa Sejiwa, Sarawak Art Museum, Kuching, Malaysia

2013
Suspended Histories, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam
The (Post) Colonial Photostudio, and You are the company in which you keep, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK
Noorderlicht PhotoFestival 2013
Helutrans Collectors Series: Southeast Asia/Contemporary, th Anniversary, Artspace@Helutrans, Singapore
M50: Hari Malaysia 50th Anniversary, MAPKL @ Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Art of Memory: Contemporary Textile Expressions, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok
Welcome to the Jungle: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia, Yokohama Museum of Art
Kuala Lumpur Triennial: Barricade, MAPKL @ Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2012
Kembara Jiwa – The Traveling Soul, Selasar Sunaryo, Bandung, Taman Budaya,Yogyakarta
Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore
Post-Colonial Photo Studio: An exhibition about photography and post-colonial legacy, Action Field Kodra 2012, Thessaloniki
Women In-Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Chimera: Asian Contemporary Art from Private Collections, Singapore Art Museum

2011
Medi(t)ation: 2011 Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung
Territories of the Real and Unreal, Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta
Inner Voices, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Tanah Ayer: Malaysian Stories from the Land, Selasar Sunaryo, Bandung
Negotiating Home, History and Nation: Two decades of contemporary art in Southeast Asia 1991 – 2011, Singapore Art Museum

2010
Daegu Photo Biennale, Asia Spectrum, Daegu Culture & Arts Center, Daegu, South Korea

2009
RE_view, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2009 (FT4) Live and Let Live: Creators of Tomorrow, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Dojima River Biennale 2009 Reflection: The World Through Art, Dojima River Forum, Osaka
Magnetic Power: ASEAN-Korea Contemporary Photography & Media Art ExhibitionHanbyukwon Gallery, Seoul
A New Wave of Responsive Images, Contemporary Malaysian Photography: Tokyo Month of Photography, Nikon Ginza Gallery, Tokyo
Paradise is Elsewhere, Ifa Gallery: Stuttgart & Berlin
CUT09: Figure (New Photography from Southeast Asia) a touring show to Valentine Willie Fine Art: Kuala Lumpur & Singapore; Manila Contemporary, Manila

2007
Independence Project, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur; Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (2008)
Out of the Mould, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
New Nature, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany
Between Generations: 50 Years Across Modern Art in Malaysia, Asian Art Museum, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur; Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
Selamat Datang Ke Malaysia, Gallery 4A, Sydney; Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

2006
1st Singapore Biennale 2006: Belief
Another Asia: Photographs from South and Southeast Asia, Noorderlicht photofestival, Leewarden
Holding Up Half the Sky – Malaysian Women Artists, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Contemporary Commonwealth, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Common Ground, Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates
History and Beyond: Malaysian Photography from 1900 to the Present Day, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2005
Art ConneXions, a touring exhibition by the Goethe-Institute, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur; Art Pavilion, Manila; Australian Center for Photography, Sydney; RMIT Gallery, Melbourne; Museum Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta (2006); Fine Art Museum, Hanoi (2006); Ifa Gallery, Stuttgart & Berlin (2006)

2004
Malaysian Art NOW, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2003
Der Rest der Welt, Neuffer Am Park, Pirmasens
Things We Believe II, Pruss & Ochs Gallery, Berlin

2002
Identities – Who We Are, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2000
Asia in Australia: Beyond Orientalism, Global Arts Link, Queensland
L’art dans le monde, Paris-Musées, Paris
Rupa Malaysia, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

1999
Through Our Eyes: Contemporary Malaysian Women Artists, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
The Third Asia-Pacific Arts Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

1998
re/form: art law justice, Griffith University and other venues, Queensland

1996
Malaysian Contemporary Photography, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

1994
Knowing the Sensorium, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
And Four Come Home, Sabah State Art Gallery, Kota Kinabalu


SELECTED ART FAIRS

2015
Art Basel Hong Kong, with Silverlens
Art Fair Philippines, with Silverlens

2014
Paris Photo, with Silverlens
Art Taipei 2014, with Mind Set Art Center (MSAC) Taipei
Art Basel Hong Kong, with Silverlens

2013
Paris Photo, with Silverlens
Artissima, Present, Future Section Turin, with MapKL
ArtJog’13: Maritime Culture, Yogyakarta


COMMISSIONS

2009
‘at the top’ Burj Khalifa observation deck permanent exhibition, 5 screen multimedia installation commissioned by gsmprjct° in collaboration with Dain Said, Dubai

2008
Kinabalu Series presented at Borneo Research Council 9th Biennial International Conference, Kota Kinabalu

2007
Malaysiana installation for Malaysia Now at Asia House, London

2002
Matching Patterns installation for opening exhibition of Singapore Esplanade Entertainment Centre
Buy Me installation at ARCO ’02 – Asian Party (Global Game) II, Cutting Edge Pavilion, ARCO’02, Madrid


SELECTED FILM & TELEVISION PROJECTS

2014
Set Decorator Season 1: Episode 1, Indian Summers (Directed by Anand Tucker, New Pictures & Biscuit Films, a Channel 4 (UK) & PBS (US) co-production)

2010
Production Design Consultant, Bunohan (Directed by Dain Said, Apparat)

2008
Production Designer, Karaoke (Directed by Chris Chong Chan Fui, Tanjung Aru Pictures)

2005
Production Designer, Rain Dogs (Directed by Ho Yuhang, Paper Heart Films & Focus First Cuts)
Production Designer, Gol & Gincu (Directed by Bernard Chauly, Red Films)

2002
Production Designer, Home Run (Directed by Jack Neo, Raintree Pictures)

2001
Production Designer, Embun (Directed by Erma Fatima, a Filem Negara/Finas co-production)

2000
2nd Unit Art Director (Sarawak, Malaysia), The Sleeping Dictionary (Directed by Guy Jenkin, New Line Cinema)
Art Director, Lips to Lips (Directed by Amir Muhamad, independent feature film)
Set Decorator (Malaysia & Singapore), The Lost Empire (Directed by Peter MacDonald, Hallmark Entertainment)

1999
Production Designer, Spinning Gasing (Directed by Teck Tan, Niche Film & Spinning Gasing Films)

1998
Production & Costume Designer, Bukak Api (Directed by Osman Ali, a Pink Triangle Production)


OTHER ACTIVITIES

2015
In residence at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, 27 April – 3 July

2014
Invited Speaker, ‘In Ismail’s Shadow’ Public Talk, Unpack-Repack: A Tribute to Ismail hashim (1940 – 2013). Presented by Fergana Art, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

2013
Co-Curator, Singapore Biennale 2013: If the World Changed

2012
Creative Director, Bonding With Gaya Street, a community heritage street exhibition by North Borneo History Enthusiasts, Kota Kinabalu

2006
Speaker at Global Photography Now seminar, Tate Modern, London

1998
devil’s advocate by LabDNA, Asia Pacific People’s Assembly, Kuala Lumpur
space bar installation by labDNA NN Gallery Kuala Lumpur

1997
July 4th Suburbia Panics by labDNA Kapitan’s Restaurant & Bar Kuala Lumpur
August 31st Urban Paranoia by labDNA, Rooftop Menara IMC, Kuala Lumpur
October 18th Blue Skies by labDNA, Pudu Prison, Kuala Lumpur

1996
To Catch A Cloud multimedia experimental theatre event in collaboration with Nani Kahar, National Planetarium Kuala Lumpur


PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
Bank Negara Malaysia
Griffith University Australia
Khazanah Art Collection
Mori Art Museum
PETRONAS Art Collection
National Art Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
National Visual Arts Gallery Malaysia
Queensland Art Gallery
Sabah Art Gallery
Singapore Art Museum
UBS Art Collection
Universiti Sains Malaysia

THE ARTIST’S COMPLETE CV IS ALSO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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