Yee I-Lann: Picturing Power
April 23, 2022 - December 11, 2022
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.