Gayle Chong KwanLinks
Gayle Chong Kwan is a British artist based in London with a highly regarded international reputation. Her large-scale photographic, installation, and video work has been exhibited and published widely. Chong Kwan is known for her immersive environments and mise-en-scenes, constructed in states of resolution and dissolution between imagined futures, alternative presents, sensory encounters, fictional mechanisms, and myth. Her work is an ongoing investigation into simulacra, the senses and the sublime, and highlights how mythological forms - even the most marketed and marketable - require the support of ancestral insistences, and common structures.
Recent exhibitions and projects include: a photographic series The Macaroni, commissioned for The Tourists, Felbrigg Estate, National Trust, UK; a new large-scale photographic commission Mindscape for The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany; Arripare, REFOCUS: The Castigate mama Photography Prize, Stockton-on-tees; a group exhibition Blanche ou L’Oubli, Commissariate Lea Bismuth, Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris and a solo exhibition, Betwixt and Between at South Square Gallery, Bradford. She's recently undertaken a residency at Four Corners Film in London as recipient of the FATHOM Award, where she is developing her first moving image work. She's recently worked on: a residency and commission for East Durham Creates with FORMA; a solo exhibition at Palazzo Rosso, Genova; and is developed a new body of photographic work with Stills, Edinburgh, through a residency at Devon Arts, Huntly, as recipient of a Royal Scottish Academy Award.
Gayle is Artist in Residence at the V&A, London (2018- 2019) following a series of major projects including Waterscape: Weaving landscapes of politics, diary and waste, Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand (2019) and The People's Forest, including The Fairlop Oak at Barbican and a major exhibition at William Morris Gallery, London, (2018).
Through 2016 she worked on a number of projects including The Odd Guides, River Lee for Create London; The Pab Hag, for FORMA, East Durham Creates as well as exhibiting in What's Your Location: Re-Imagined Reality, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait City and showing Atlantis, in Sea Swim: Head Above Water, Peninsula Arts, Portsmouth. In 2015 she presented Anthropo-scene, a major commission for Bloomberg Space, London.
Other major projects and exhibitions include: Microclimate, Normany Hall (2017); The Golden Tide, Estuary, Museum of London (2013); Wastescape, Festival of the World, Southbank Centre, London (2012); Memory Trace, The Wellcome Trust, London (2012); The Obsidian Isle, New Forest Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale (2011); Cockaigne, Tales from the New World, 10th Havana Biennial, Cuba (2009).
Awards include: The FATHOM Award, Four Corners, London (2014); REFOCUS: The Castlegate mima Photography Prize (2013); Royal Scottish Academy Award (2013); Vauxhall Collective Photography Award (2008); Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes Award (2005); Arts Council England International Fellow (2005).
Chong Kwan is currently a Research Candidate in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London, (2012 - ); and she holds a BA Hons Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (2000); an MSc in Communications, University of Stirling (1995); and a BA Hons Politics and Modern History, University of Manchester (1994).