We've got the sun under our skin
We’ve got the sun under our skin is a series of photographs and texts illustrating the effects that colonial literature has on modern identity and the construction of the Other. Drawing from 19th–21st century travelogues, ethnographic accounts and novels written on colonial Malaya, passages function as visual scores which dictate the creation of the images—all of which were shot in Britain. Created in response to the homogenous representation of a yesteryear Malaya, the reconstructed scenes attempt to demystify romanticised visions and subvert the orientalist gaze echoed throughout the writings. Shedding light on the power of colonial literature—otherwise seen as vessels of the imperial bind, We've got the sun under our skin aims to disrupt the slow violence that has been transmitted and accumulated through knowledge production in the West.
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UNSEEN 2019 // A.I. Gallery // 20-22 September 2019
'Combining archival material with photography, Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee turns her camera on Britain to demystify nostalgia visions of colonial Malaya.'
Feature on UNSEEN Platform and Unseen Magazine Issue 7
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