Yee I-Lann

  • Born 1971 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
  • Based in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Yee I-Lannʼs artworks engage with regional Southeast Asian history addressing issues of colonialism, power, and the impact of historical memory in lived social contemporary experience. Recently she has been working collaboratively with communities and indigenous mediums in Sabah.

Yee has worked in the art department in the Malaysian film industry since 1994 and between 2003-2008 established the production design department and lectured at Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan. She is a Board member for, a co-founding partner of Kota-K Studio & Kota-K Art Gallery (a 10x10x10ft gallery playspace) in Kota Kinabalu.

Recent 2021 exhibitions include: Yee I-Lann & Collaborators: Borneo Heart, the Sabah International Convention Centre (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia), Yee I-Lann: Until We Hug Again, CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) (Hong Kong), Indian Ocean Craft Triennial, John Curtin Gallery (Perth, Australia), Art Histories of a Forever War, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Taiwan), and The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane, Australia).

  • Tikar Reben, 2020
  • With weaving by Kak Roziah, Kak Sanah, Kak Kinnuhong, Kak Koddil
  • Private collection Photo: Flanegan Bainon