Collaboration and Community: Yee I-Lann, Beverly Yong and June Yap – S.E.A. Focus

Collaboration and Community: Yee I-Lann, Beverly Yong and June Yap

Tanjong Pagar Distripark
39 Keppel Rd
Singapore 089065

This talk was part of SEAspotlight Talks 2024. Click here to watch the recording online.


Join us for a discussion with Malaysian contemporary artist Yee I-Lann and Beverly Yong, Director, RogueArt. They will share insights on the themes of collaboration and community through recent projects such as the travelling exhibition Borneo Heart, as well as the sun will rise in the east, a monograph of Yee’s works from 2011 to 2023, edited by Yong. June Yap, Director, Curatorial, Programmes and Publications, Singapore Art Museum will moderate the conversation.


Yee I-Lann, Artist

Yee I-Lann (b. 1971, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia) lives and works in Kota Kinabalu. Her primarily photomedia-based practice, often situated at the shifting nexus of power, colonialism and neo-colonialism in Southeast Asia, explores the impact of historic memory in social experience, often with particular focus on counter-narrative ‘histories from below’. In recent years, she has started working collaboratively with sea-based and land-based communities and indigenous mediums in Sabah, Malaysia.

Beverly Yong, Director, RogueArt

Beverly Yong is a writer, curator and editor based in Kuala Lumpur. Formerly a gallerist, in 2008 she co-founded RogueArt, a partnership specialising in Southeast Asian contemporary art projects. She has worked with Yee I-Lann since the late 1990s, most recently on the exhibitions Yee I-Lann & Collaborators: Borneo Heart in Kota Kinabalu (May 2021) and Borneo Heart in Kuala Lumpur (Feb-Sept 2023), co-produced by RogueArt at the Zhongshan Building, The Back Room, The Godown Arts Centre, ILHAM Gallery, A+ Works of Art and Rumah Lukis, supported by Silverlens; and on the artist’s monographs, Fluid World  (Valentine Willie Fine Art, 2010), and the sun will rise in the east and At the table (RogueArt, 2023).


June Yap, Director, Curatorial and Collections, Singapore Art Museum

June Yap is Director of Curatorial & Collections at the Singapore Art Museum, where she oversees content creation and museum programming. Amongst exhibitions she has curated are: the Singapore Biennale 2022 named Natasha, The Gift as part of the curatorial collaboration Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories; Nam June Paik: The Future is Now at the National Gallery Singapore, They Do Not Understand Each Other at Tai Kwun Contemporary; No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia as part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative; The Cloud of Unknowing at the 54th Venice Biennale with artist Ho Tzu Nyen.