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 realm.
Her work is an ongoing investigation into simulacra and the sublime, which she explores through constructed immersive environments and mise-en-scenes, constructed in states of resolution and dissolution between imagined futures, alternative presents, and fictional mechanisms.
Currently studying for a PhD at the Royal College of Art, in London, she explores The Poetics and Ethics of Imaginal Travel, through two registers: of shared communal travel in social, sensory and spatial reality in relation to the island od Mauritius; and the individual or personal experience of hypnogogia and nyctalopia. She's conducting her research through field trips to Mauritius, and conversations and collaborations with environmentalists, historians, archivists, philosophers and scientists.
A selection of her recent exhibition includes: The People's Forest at William Morris Gallery (2018) and at Barbican Centre (2017), in London, Microclimate commissioned by Invisible Dust, Quarantine Archipelago in Toronto and Food and Farming in Medellin (Colombia) in 2017. In 2016 she exhibited The Pan Hague and The Odd Guides: Food and Nature in the UK. In 2015 she was on show in London with Anthropo-scene at Bloomberg Space. Moreover, she was awarded with the International Artist Award from the British Council.
She also took part in the Asia-Pacific Biennial in Berlin, in the 54. Biennale di Venezia in 2011 and in the 10. Havana Biennial in 2009.