Chong Kwan, Gayle, (b. 1973), artist

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1973 (was birth date of)




Born in Edinburgh to a Scottish mother and a Chinese-Mauritian father, Gayle Chong Kwan is a London-based artist whose does large-scale photographic, installation, and video work. Her works have been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. She is represented by Galerie Alberta Pane Paris and The Artists Agency UK.

Chong Kwan is known for her large-scale mise-en-scene environments and photographs, created out of waste products, found materials and documentary sources, and which are often sited in the public realm. Her work highlights the ambiguous relationship between reality, appropriation, fictional contemporary mechanisms, and latter day myths and has focused on contemporary developments in tourism, trade and development in relation to their impact upon the landscape. Chong Kwan develops her work through a process which can involve sensory activities, participation, and historical or archaeological inquiry, to create settings or props through which more fantastical modes of phenomenological experience or re-visioning can take place.

She gained her undergraduate degree in Politics and Modern History at the University of Manchester in 1994; an MSc in Communications, University of Stirling (1995); and a BA Hons Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (2000). She is currently working towards a Phd in Fine at the Royal College of Art London (2012-2018). Her research focuses on the poetics and ethics of imaginal travel in relation to fine art, through the registers of shared communal travel and the individual or personal experience of hypnogogia and nyctalopia.

Chong Kwan had her solo shows 'IntimiNutrimenti' at Musei di Strada Nuova, Palazzo Rosso, Genoa, Italy, 'Anthropo-scene', at Bloomberg Space in London in 2015 and she has beenalso frequently presented at many other groups exhibitions such as 'Le Desir' at Galerie Alberta Pane in Venice in 2017 and many other international exhibitions. She is awarded artists with many awards such as 2015 British Council/Arts Council England International Artist Award - 'Photography in the Public Realm New York'; 2014 FATHOM Award, Four Corners, London and 2013 REFOCUS: The Castlegatemima Photography Prize, 2012 The Royal Scottish Academy Award etc.

She has exhibited in two solo shows at the Centre:  Mappa Manna (2001) and Cockaigne (2006). She also took part in the group show 'Gathering Momentum' in 2003 which was a retrospective look at the work of the Centre. 

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