Yee I-Lann

Yee I-Lann: Picturing Power

February 27, 2014 — April 12, 2014


ENLARGE

Picturing Power #1: Wherein one surreptitiously performs reconnaissance to collect views and freeze points of view to be reflective of one's own kind, 2013

Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth Fine Art, 310 gsm 100% cotton rag paper

25 x 71 in. (63 x 180 cm)

ENLARGE

Picturing Power #2: Wherein one, in the name of knowledge, measures everything, gives it a name and publicizes this thereby claiming it, 2013

Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth Fine Art, 310 gsm 100% cotton rag paper

25 x 71 in. (63 x 180 cm)

ENLARGE

Picturing Power #3: Wherein one nods with political sympathy and says I understand you better than you understand yourself, I'm just here to help you help yourself, 2013

Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth Fine Art, 310 gsm 100% cotton rag paper

25 x 25 in. (63 x 63 cm)

ENLARGE

Picturing Power #4: Wherein one tables an indexical record of data-turned-assets and rules like the boss you now say that you are, 2013

Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth Fine Art, 310 gsm 100% cotton rag paper

25 x 71 in. (63 x 180 cm)

ENLARGE

Picturing Power #5: Wherein one claims the hearts and the minds of the innocent and gives them the knowledge that is to be learnt, 2013

Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth Fine Art, 310 gsm 100% cotton rag paper

25 x 25 in. (63 x 63 cm)

ENLARGE

Picturing Power #6: Wherein one cultivates cultural codes, the noble endeavors of mankind and thereby puts them in their place, 2013

Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth Fine Art, 310 gsm 100% cotton rag paper

25 x 71 in. (63 x 180 cm)

ENLARGE

Picturing Power #7: Wherein one hands over the ways of seeing loot, land and labor and thereby builds complicity in the exculpation; you are now partners in crime, 2013

Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth Fine Art, 310 gsm 100% cotton rag paper

25 x 25 in. (63 x 63 cm)

ENLARGE

Picturing Power #8: Wherein one's legacy comes full circle and posits that you too can exploit and subjugate and fluff yourself up in a splendid game of one's own jolly adventure, 2013

Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth Fine Art, 310 gsm 100% cotton rag paper

25 x 35 ½ in. (63 x 90 cm)

Tabled, 2013

50 ceramic plates with digital decal print

11 in. (28 cm) diameter each

Tabled (detail: Plate #1), 2013

ceramic plates with digital decal print

11 in. (28 cm) diameter each

Tabled (detail: Plate #2), 2013

ceramic plates with digital decal print

11 in. (28 cm) diameter each

Horizon, 2003

black and white digital print on Kodak Endura paper

36 x 72 in. (91 x 183 cm)

Flat, 2003

black and white digital print on Kodak Endura paper

18 x 72 in. (45 x 183 cm)

Study of Lamprey's Malayan Male, 2009

black and white digital print on Kodak Endura paper

23 ½ x 16 ½ in. (60 x 42 cm)

ENLARGE

Installation View of "Picturing Power" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

February 27 - April 12, 2014

 

ENLARGE

Installation View of "The sun will rise in the East and deliver us from this long night" in "Picturing Power" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 2012

February 27 - April 12, 2014

 

ENLARGE

Installation View of "Picturing Power" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

February 27 - April 12, 2014

 

ENLARGE

Installation View of "Picturing Power" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

February 27 - April 12, 2014

 

ENLARGE

Installation View of "Picturing Power" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

February 27 - April 12, 2014

 

ENLARGE

Installation View of "Picturing Power" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

February 27 - April 12, 2014

 

Works

INSTALLATION VIEWS

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Tyler Rollins Fine Art is pleased to present Picturing Power, the first solo exhibition in the United States for Yee I-Lann, taking place at our gallery in New York City from February 27 to April 12, 2014. Widely considered to be among Malaysia’s leading contemporary artists, Yee works primarily in photo-media, often engaging with archipelagic Southeast Asia’s turbulent history and addressing, with wit and humanity, the socio-political impact of current politics, neo-colonialism, and globalization.

The exhibition will focus on three recent series: Picturing Power (2013), eight digital collages referencing the history of photography as it relates to the development of colonialism in Southeast Asia and its contemporary legacy; The sun will rise in the East and deliver us from this long night (2012), a photographic installation of neon-colored Braille-like motifs of embracing couples that can be read as an attempt to disarm the past; and TABLED (2013), a series of ceramic dinner plates inspired by traditional blue-and-white china but printed with photographic images of ordinary people, developed for the group exhibition, Suspended Histories, curated by Thomas Berghuis and recently on view at the Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (October 5, 2013 – January 20, 2014).

Born in 1971 in Sabah, Malaysia, Yee received her BA in Visual Arts from the University of South Australia, Adelaide, in 1993, and lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her work has been widely exhibited in museums and international biennials, including: the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia (1999); Contemporary Commonwealth, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2006); the Singapore Biennale (2006); Independence Project, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2007); Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves, ZKM I Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007); New Nature, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2007); the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka, Japan (2009); Welcome to the Jungle: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan (2013); Suspended Histories, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2013); and The (Post) Colonial Photostudio, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, United Kingdom (2013).  In 2011, Fluid World, a solo exhibition of her work, was presented at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia. She was a member of the curatorial team for the 2013 Singapore Biennale.

EXHIBITION REVIEWS

Asian Art News, Picturing Power

2014


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The New York Times, Yee I-Lann ‘Picturing Power’

April, 2014


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Daily Serving, Yee I-Lann: Picturing Power

April, 2014


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GENERAL PRESS

Artist and Empire

February, 2017


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Musee, Yee I-Lann at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

May, 2016


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Jakarta Biennale 2015

2015


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The Culture Trip, Malaysia’s 10 Best Contemporary Artists

October, 2014


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Bird, Yee I-Lann

2014


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Contemporary Photography in Asia, Yee I-Lann

2013


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Suspended Histories, Yee I-Lann

2013


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Encounter, Yee I-Lann

2012


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Imagining Identities, Love Me in My Batik

2012


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Negotiating Home History and Nation, Yee I-Lann

2011


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Asian Art Biennial, Meditation

2011


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Lucida, Review Yee I-Lann: Fluid World

April, 2011


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C-Arts, High Seas of Resistance

2010


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Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Yee I-Lann

2009


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Thermocline of Art, Yee I-Lann

2007


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Out of the Mould, Yee I-Lann

2007


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Singapore Biennale, Belief

2006


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Petronas Art Collection, Yee I-Lann

2005


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Beyond the Future: The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

1999


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