Artist

Gayle Chong Kwan

Born in Edinburgh, 1973 and lives in London, UK

Gayle Chong Kwan is a London-based artist, whose large-scale photographic installation, sound, participatory, and video work is exhibited nationally and internationally, both in major galleries and in the public space.
Her work is an ongoing investigation into simulacra and the sublime, which she explores through constructed immersive environments and mise en scenes, created in states of resolution and dissolution between imagined futures, alternative presents, and fictional mechanisms.
The personal and global politics of food and tourism is a major focus of Gayle Chong Kwan’s practice. Her work is often specific to a context and she explores histories, memory and senses. The artist’s pieces take the viewer on a journey across countries and civilizations, exploring the relationship between food and culture, and underlying the importance of waste in giving measure to our lives.
Playing with scale and merging the real and the constructed, she has often created large and multi-layered installations, exploring the built environment, strata and waste, as well as many mythical landscapes, created through arrangements of foods.

A selection of Gayle Chong Kwan’s recent activities includes: Capturing Motion, photography residency, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2021-2019), Dream Tapestry, a communal tapestry of dreams created during the Covid-19 emergency in partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest (2020), Kew-Pamplemousse, online solo show, Alberta Pane Gallery (Paris/Venice) and Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?, online group show, Alberta Pane Gallery (Paris/Venice) in 2020; STORMY WEATHER, site-specific installation at Museum Arnhem, Netherlands (2019), Wastescape: Weaving Landscapes of Politics, Dairy, and Waste at Auckland Arts Festival in New Zealand (2019); Quarantine Archipelago, Tai Kwun, Hong Kong (2019); Experiential Ecology, The Edge at Bath University, UK (2019); Preserved, commissioned by Nuit Blanche for the City of Toronto (2018); The People’s Forest, William Morris Gallery, London (2018) and Barbican Centre in London (2017); Microclimate commissioned by Invisible Dust (2018) and Anthropo-scene at Bloomberg Space, London (2015). The artist is also developing Waste Matters, a sustainable project in collaboration with Ca’ Foscari University, in Venice, as the winner of the Sustainable Art Prize 2019.
Moreover, she won the International Artist Award from the British Council, she took part in the Asia-Pacific Biennial in Berlin, in the 54° Biennale di Venezia and in the 10° Havana Biennial.
Currently studying for a PhD at the Royal College of Art, in London, in her research the artist explores The Poetics and Ethics of Imaginal Travel, through field trips and conversations and collaborations with environmentalists, historians, archivists, philosophers and scientists.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Gayle Chong Kwan: Waste Archipelago
A sensitive and singular approach to sustainability issues and participatory and inclusive experiences are the essence of the work of British artist Gayle Chong Kwan (1973)
22 May 2021 - 24 Jul 2021
Alberta Pane, Venice
Venice
Exhibitions
Instructions Pour Couper les Ficelles
The group exhibition investigates what happens in the backstage of an artwork's production
22 Oct 2020 - 05 Dec 2020
Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris
Paris
Exhibitions
Gayle Chong Kwan: Kew / Pamplemousse
A series of analog prints overlaps botanical elements from two different geographical contexts
08 Apr 2020 - 08 May 2020
Alberta Pane, Venice
Venice
Exhibitions
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?
The online-only exhibition initiates from the words of Shakespeare's sonnet
20 Mar 2020 - 13 Apr 2020
Alberta Pane, Venice
Venice
Exhibitions
Le Désir
The exhibition title and main theme is inspired by Gilles Deleuze’s reflection on desire, developed freely by every artist.
13 May 2017 - 29 Jul 2017
Alberta Pane, Venice
Venice
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