27 April – 3 July 2015
Yee I-Lann’s (b. 1971, Malaysia) recent exhibitions include Away from the Long Night, MSAC, Taipei (2014); The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from South East Asia, ARTER, Istanbul (2014); Welcome to the Jungle: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia, Yokohama Museum of Art (2013); Suspended Histories, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam (2013);Art of Memory: Contemporary Textile Expressions, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand (2013). She was a member of the curatorial team for the 2013 Singapore Biennale. Yee also works in the film industry in Malaysia. Her most recent production role in 2014 was as Set Decorator for the television series Indian Summers, a Channel 4 (UK) production. Yee graduated from the University of South Australia (Adelaide, Australia) with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) in 1993 with a major in Photography and a minor in Cinematography.
Yee I-Lann’s practice speculates on issues of culture, power and the role of historical memory in our social experience via allusion to historical, popular and everyday references often through the medium of photography. Linking historical artistic methodologies such as batik with contemporary content such as recent histories, she experiments by blurring the boundaries between official record and subjective histories. Her current research focus is on folkloric female spirit ghost stories, specifically the Pontianak, versions of which are found throughout South East Asia. The Pontianak is commonly described as a vengeful woman who died in childbirth, is a seductress of innocent victims and resides in the banana tree. Singapore based Cathay-Keris and Shaw Brothers were amongst the earliest producers of cinematic versions of Pontianak stories spawning one of the most pervasive characters in regional cinema. I-Lann will be attempting to unpack the riddle of the Pontianak and will be watching a lot of horror films.
Yee I-Lann and Ise are Artists-in-Residence who have a material based approach through
the use of photography, drawing, printing and food in their work and use research methods of
oral history and storytelling in their gathering of material. Join these two artists in an open studio format where they will use their narrative interviewing techniques in conversation with
each other, offering a glimpse into their studios with new drawings inspired by local ink painting techniques as well as a makeshift batik printing station.
Yee I-Lann’s practice links history, landscape,memory, and cultural identity via allusion to historical, popular, and everyday references often through the medium of photography. She was one of the co-curators of the Singapore Biennale (2013) and has exhibited as part of the Asia Pacific Triennial (1999).Ise’s work is always participatory, embedded in conversation, friendship and the experiences of simply living life among a multitude of communities internationally. Exhibitions include the Singapore Biennale (2011), Jakarta Biennale (2009) and the 9th Istanbul Biennia (2005) with the Indonesian collective, Ruangrupa.