Combining archival material with photography, Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee turns her camera on Britain to demystify nostalgic visions of colonial Malaya.
Based between London and Singapore, Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee’s (b.1994, Singapore) work engages with themes of identity, memory and nostalgia. She frequently draws from postcolonial theory and archival material in order to reframe hegemonic narratives that surround the East. Her latest series, We’ve got the sun under our skin, subverts the orientalist gaze by reconstructing scenes found in colonial literature.
Lee is the founder of XING, a platform for artists to challenge stereotypes around East and Southeast Asian women; XING’s first photobook was published in 2017.