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 She employs a complex, multi-layered visual vocabulary drawn from historical references, popular culture, archives, and everyday objects.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

Exhibited at

John Curtin Gallery for IOTA21

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.