Yee I Lann, Malaysian, born 1971, Wherein one surreptitiously performs reconnaissance to collect views and freeze points of view to be reflective of one's own kind, 2013 (printed 2015), Giclée print on Hahnemühle paper, Gift of funds from Howard Tam, an anonymous donor, and the Linda and Lawrence Perlman Photography Endowment 2015.87.1 © 2013 Yee I-Lann

Yee I-Lann: Picturing Power

Yee I-Lann: Picturing Power

April 23, 2022 - November 13, 2022
Perlman Gallery
Free Exhibition

In this striking series of images, visual artist Yee I-Lann creates graphically distinctive photographic assemblages to address the legacies of Dutch colonialism in Indonesia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. By appropriating historical photographs sourced from colonial archives in the Netherlands, and arranging them with her own photography, the artist provides new grounds for interpreting the visual record of imperialism in Southeast Asia. The resulting images are purposefully surreal: by removing most of the background context for the figures in these images, the artist underscores the selective nature of any historical account. As the Malaysian daughter of a New Zealand–born mother and Sino-Kadazan father, Yee I-Lann draws on her own transnational and transcultural heritage to present a counternarrative to the Dutch historical record.

Yee I Lann, Malaysian, born 1971, Wherein one surreptitiously performs reconnaissance to collect views and freeze points of view to be reflective of one's own kind, 2013 (printed 2015), Giclée print on Hahnemühle paper, Gift of funds from Howard Tam, an anonymous donor, and the Linda and Lawrence Perlman Photography Endowment 2015.87.1 © 2013 Yee I-Lann