Gayle Chong Kwan, 'Wastescape', 2012.

Gayle Chong Kwan (UK associate) is a London-based artist whose large-scale photographic, installation, and video work has been exhibited and published internationally.

Gayle is known for her large-scale mise-en-scene environments – which are often sited in the public realm – created from waste products, documentary sources, and detritus, which highlight the ambiguous relationship between reality, appropriation, fictional contemporary mechanisms, and latter day myths. Her work is developed through a process which can involve sensory activities, participation, and archaeological inquiry, to create settings or props through which fantastical modes of phenomenological experience or re-visioning can take place.

Gayle is currently a Phd Candidate in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London, (2012-); and she holds a BA Hons Politics and Modern History, University of Manchester (1994); an MSc in Communications, University of Stirling (1995); and a BA Hons Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (2000).

Recent exhibitions include: ‘Blind Vistas’, Galerie Alberta Pane Paris (2013); ‘The Golden Tide’, Estuary, Museum of London (2013); ‘The Obsidian Isle’, New Forest Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale (2011); ‘Wastescape’, Festival of the World, Southbank Centre, London (2012); ‘Memory Trace’, The Wellcome Trust, London (2012); ‘The Obsidian Isle’, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow (2011); ‘Cockaigne’, Tales from the New World, 10th Havana Biennial, Cuba (2009); ‘Cockaigne’, Utopia, Museu Berardo, Centro Cultural do Belem, Lisbon (2009); ‘Memoryscape Moravia’, Centro Cultural de Moravia, Medellin, Colombia (2009); Castelló Award, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, Spain (2009).

Awards include: Royal Scottish Academy Award (2013); Vauxhall Collective Photography Award (2008); Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes Award (2005); Arts Council England International Fellow (2005).

Gayle is a UK-based associate resident participating in The Politics of Food programme.


The Politics of Food:
Season 1


Winter 2014

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Arts Council England

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