Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee & XING | Marie Claire

One’s to Watch Unseen Amsterdam by Artistic Director of Unseen Marina Paulenka

Two of Marina Paulenka recommendations at UNSEEN 2019:

XING « An artists' collective that wants to play with stereotyped views of Asian women and their bodies. Yet too often people see Asian women as a sexual object. Artists from this collectively choose sexuality as the starting point the Asian female identity among the to take a closer look. Promiscuity, intensity, sophistication and vulnerability are elements that come forward."

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee « Engaged in identity, ethnography and linguistics. She is only 25 and she approaches themes such as expulsion and homesickness, have a home and it lose in a fresh, dreamy and airy way."


XING is a collective of artists. It was founded by Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee in 2017 and exists as a domain of possibilities shedding light on the trailblazing lives of East and Southeast Asian women today. XING champions the vagabonds, challenges hegemony, and celebrates a oneness through image and prose. The inaugural volume of XING (2017) explores the current landscape of women in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. An introductory text is written by Clara Lee. The photo series & publication has been featured in Dazed, Riposte, i-D Magazine amongst others


ELIZABETH GABRIELLE LEE (b.1994, Singapore) is an artist based between London and Singapore. She recently completed a MA in Photography at the London College of Communication, London. Her practice includes photography, text and installation. Navigating the intricacies that arise out of history and memory, themes of displacement and nostalgia weave in and out of her storytelling whilst working upon central human issues such as belonging and loss. Drawing from the politics of identity, ethnography, and linguistics, her work is an attempt to re-examine the structures of recall and perception.

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee | Het Parool

You must see these new works on Unseen

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee ,   Like watermarks, from the series We've got the sun under our skin , 2019, Archive pigment print, 40cm x 32cm, Ed 3 + 1AP

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee, Like watermarks, from the series We've got the sun under our skin, 2019, Archive pigment print, 40cm x 32cm, Ed 3 + 1AP

At Unseen, Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee shows work from two projects on which she has worked in recent years. “The first is a personal project that I started two years ago. For this, I used texts from colonial literature about Malaya, the British colony in present-day Malaysia and Singapore. ”

Lee, who comes from Singapore, texts used by British and French explorers travelers who have written about the country and the people ethnographic reports in earlier centuries. She merges these with photos she has taken. “But there is a twist in it. I shot all the footage in the UK. Certain landscapes, for example, were described as very lyrical or even erotic and I wanted to bring that look back to British soil. ”

The photos are now shown together with the texts. Lee had to look for suitable locations for some images. “For example, I found specific tropical plants in the Kew Botanical Gardens. The landscapes of the jungle were not easy to find. "

Lee wants to continue to look for things that were previously described as exotic in Malaya but can now also be found in Great Britain. "It is an ongoing project and I hope this will result in a monograph."

The other photos she shows are part of Xing, a joint venture that Lee entered into with other photographers three years ago. “The subject of the platform is the image of Asian women in the West, especially the way in which they are transformed into exotic or erotic objects. I worked with ten other photographers and writers, and everyone responded to the theme in their own way. Some sent in existing work, others made new work. "

Lee has a background in journalism. Five years ago she moved to London, where she studied creative direction at the University of the Arts. “Slowly my attention shifted to photography, initially to commercial fashion photography. After that, my work was very much driven by research. Now I want to write more, but I don't give up photography. I want the two to go together, so use text and photography for things that are important to me. ”

One of the topics she wants to explore in her work is the role of language in the contemporary world. “London is very multicultural and you can hear all kinds of languages on the street. But still mostly English. I look at translation and oral traditions. Many things are not recorded. My mother speaks a kind of variant of Bahasa Melayu (Malay, ed.) And many things she translates from her father to me are lost because I don't speak that dialect. ”

Lee not only wants to come to Amsterdam for Unseen, but also to settle here. “I think it is very fascinating what is happening in Amsterdam. I hope the quality of life is better than in London and it is interesting to see what happens with my work. Singapore and London are both huge and I have never worked in a smaller city. "

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Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee—A.I.

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee is an artist based between London and Singapore. Her work navigates the nuances and intricacies that arise out of history and memory. Meditating on fractured and lost traditions, themes of displacement and nostalgia weave in and out of her storytelling. Through visual and textual interventions, she attempts an undoing of power structures and knowledge production. By negotiating the dynamic of the ‘near’ and ‘elsewhere’, her practice works to remap a singular history, steering narratives toward alternate and fluid territories.

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee | UNSEEN Platform Premiere

UNSEEN Platform Interview with Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee


Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee—A.I.

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee is an artist based between London and Singapore. Her work navigates the nuances and intricacies that arise out of history and memory. Meditating on fractured and lost traditions, themes of displacement and nostalgia weave in and out of her storytelling. Through visual and textual interventions, she attempts an undoing of power structures and knowledge production. By negotiating the dynamic of the ‘near’ and ‘elsewhere’, her practice works to remap a singular history, steering narratives toward alternate and fluid territories.

XING | UNSEEN Platform Stories by Jade Barget

UNSEEN Platform Stories by Jade Barget


XING—A.I.

Alternative narratives are a running theme at this year’s festival, and XING is no different. Founded by Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee, XING is an online collective seeking to represent the lives of East and Southeast Asian women today. Lee established XING in order to combat societal misconceptions surrounding Asian women, specifically looking to challenge notions of fetisiation. The photography is striking—a blend of humour, eroticism and care. As XING say themselves, “We champion the vagabonds, challenge hegemony, and celebrate a oneness through imagery and prose.” 

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Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee | UNSEEN Living Room

A.i. Gallery | EGL| Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee, Palpable and enslaving .jpg

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee will be taking part in the panel Globalised Aesthetics - Fluidity of images moderated by Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (Professor of Exhibition Studies and Spatiality at University of the Arts, Helsinki) on Saturday 21 Sep 12.00-13.00.

LagosPhoto presents Globalised Aesthetics - Fluidity of images.
In the digital world conversing and corresponding aesthetics allow images to become mobile irrespective of their heritage. In this conversation, the panel questions if the art market truly embraces various tonalities, if aesthetics intersect effortlessly as it did before the internet, and if photographers can resist fashion and trends in order to work intrinsically.

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Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee—A.I.

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee is an artist based between London and Singapore. Her work navigates the nuances and intricacies that arise out of history and memory. Meditating on fractured and lost traditions, themes of displacement and nostalgia weave in and out of her storytelling. Through visual and textual interventions, she attempts an undoing of power structures and knowledge production. By negotiating the dynamic of the ‘near’ and ‘elsewhere’, her practice works to remap a singular history, steering narratives toward alternate and fluid territories.

XING | SLEEK MAG

A first look at the photographers to know at Unseen Amsterdam

XING—A.I.

Alternative narratives are a running theme at this year’s festival, and XING is no different. Founded by Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee, XING is an online collective seeking to represent the lives of East and Southeast Asian women today. Lee established XING in order to combat societal misconceptions surrounding Asian women, specifically looking to challenge notions of fetisiation. The photography is striking—a blend of humour, eroticism and care. As XING say themselves, “We champion the vagabonds, challenge hegemony, and celebrate a oneness through imagery and prose.” 

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee | Something Curated

The Best of Photo London

“Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee’s practice includes photography, text and installation. Navigating the intricacies that arise out of history and memory, themes of displacement and nostalgia weave in and out of her storytelling whilst working upon central human issues such as belonging and loss. Drawing from the politics of identity, ethnography, and linguistics, her work is an attempt to re-examine the structures of recall and perception. Lee also runs XING, an online collective shedding light on the trailblazing lives of East and Southeast Asian women today.”

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Bunga pisang (banana flower)  by Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Bunga pisang (banana flower) by Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee | The Telegraph

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“[Our list features] many galleries opened by young women, bringing work by not-yet established women photographers and artists,” says Farshad. “And that’s one of our greatest achievements, creating platforms for London spaces like Roman Road gallery, Sid Motion Gallery, AI Gallery showing Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee and Galerie Miranda in Paris … We’re really excited about the future, which is so fluid and developing so fast. We’re very conscious of needing to support minorities, to open up platforms for diversity.”

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Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee | Royal College of Art Lecture

Women Artists and a Brave New Art World

  • The 2009 Venice Biennale edition featured 43% women; in 2013, it dropped to 26%. In 2015, it was 33%, and in 2017 was 35%.  No major international exhibition of contemporary art has achieved gender parity. (ARTnewsArtsy)  

  • Women working across arts professions make almost $20,000 less per year than men. (Artsy)

  • Women in the arts are found not to experience the “motherhood penalty” which in other industries results in a loss or stagnant income after children. But men in the arts do experience the “marriage premium,”—an increase in pay for married men of roughly $7,200 per year that neither women nor single men experience. Men working in the arts also receive an income bump when they become fathers. (Artsy)

  • ArtReview’s 2018 Power 100 list of the “most influential people in the contemporary art world” was 40% women—though this is an improvement from 2017 (38%) and 2016 (32%). (Art Review)


XING is a collective of artists. It was founded by Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee in 2017 and exists as a domain of possibilities shedding light on the trailblazing lives of East and Southeast Asian women today. XING champions the vagabonds, challenges hegemony, and celebrates a oneness through image and prose. The inaugural volume of XING (2017) explores the current landscape of women in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. An introductory text is written by Clara Lee. The photo series & publication has been featured in Dazed, Riposte, i-D Magazine amongst others.