Yee I-Lann

Yee I-Lann engages with South East Asia’s archipelagic turbulent history with works addressing issues of colonialism and neo-colonialism, power, and the impact of historic memory in social experience, often with particular focus on counter-narrative 'histories from below'. She employs a complex, multi-layered visual vocabulary drawn from historical references, popular culture, archives, and everyday objects. In recent years, she has worked collaboratively with sea-based and land-based communities and indigenous mediums in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah.

Yee I-Lann has held solo exhibitions in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila, Taipei, Adelaide, New York and Dallas, including a major presentation of her work at Ayala Museum, Manila in 2016, and participated in international exhibitions since the 1990s. Her recent solo exhibition ‘Yee I-Lann & Collaborators: Borneo Heart’ is presented in May 2021 at the Sabah International Convention Centre in Kota Kinabalu.

She has worked as a production designer in the Malaysian film industry since 1997 and is currently a board member for Forever Sabah and Tamparuli Living Arts Center (TaLAC), both based in Sabah.


Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Lives & Works

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Acknowledgements & Funders

Yee I-Lann collaborates with weavers: Omadal Island Bajau Sama DiLaut and Keningau Dusun Murut. Specific works will acknowledge the individual weavers.

Yee I-Lann is represented by Silverlens Galleries.

Exhibited at

John Curtin Gallery

JCG is one of WA's foremost public art galleries and curates the Curtin University Art Collection, located at Curtin's Bentley campus.


Curtin University, Building 200A, Kent St, Bentley WA 6102