Gayle Chong Kwan, RSA

Gayle Chong Kwan creates mise-en-scene landscapes and environments out of disturbing arrangements of waste products, food remains, found materials and documentary sources. Chong Kwan’s work highlights collective histories and the ambiguous relationship between reality, appropriation, the detoured implications of fictional contemporary mechanisms, and latter day myths and focuses on contemporary developments in tourism, planning and urban development in relation to their impact upon the landscape.

'Backwards Travels' is a multi-venue residency at Deveron Arts, Huntly, and Stills in which Chong Kwan will explore modes of journeying, communication, and hospitality in relation to travel in Huntly and Scotland, and connected with the fantasy, geography and landscapes of 19th Century French novelist Jules Verne.

Through an initial residency at Deveron Arts, Huntly, she will engage with the community and visitors through hosting meals, encounters, and walks, as explorations and experiments which will lead to the development of a new major body of photographic work.

Slide show: 
Gayle Chong Kwan, 'Ark Hotel', 'Blueprint' (series), 2012
Gayle Chong Kwan, 'Divided in purpose between being visible and invisible', 2012
G. Chong Kwan, 'Plastic chair, tube and disc', 'The Golden Tide' (series), 2012
Gayle Chong Kwan, 'The Obsidian Isle', 2011
Gayle Chong Kwan, 'Theatre Royal', 'The Obsidian Isle' (series), 2011
Gayle Chong Kwan, 'Wastescape', 2012
Biography: 

Gayle Chong Kwan (b. Scotland) is a London-based artist whose large-scale photographic works, installations, sound works and videos have been exhibited internationally: 'The Obsidian Isle', New Forest Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, 2011, and Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, 2011; 'Wastescape', Festival of the World, Southbank Centre, London, 2012; 'Memory Trace', The Wellcome Trust, London, 2012; 'Cockaigne', Tales from the New World, 10th Havana Biennial, Cuba, 2009; Utopia, Museu Berardo, Centro Cultural do Belem, Lisbon, 2009; 'Memoryscape Moravia', Centro Cultural de Moravia, Medellin, Colombia, 2009.

She is undertaking a practice-based Phd at the Royal College of Art, London; and already has a BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London; an MSc in Communications, Stirling University; and a BA (Hons) in Politics and Modern History, University of Manchester. Awards include: SINOPTICON, Arts Council England Touring Award, UK (2010-14); Award for Photography, Vauxhall Collective, UK (2009); National Touring Award, ‘The Grand Tour’, Arts Council England, UK (2007-9); Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes Award, Pépinières, EU (2005); International Fellow, Arts Council England, UK (2005).