Approved: 16.08.2006

Gayle Chong Kwan

Artist, Film-maker, Lecturer / academic, Maker

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Gayle Chong Kwan is a London-based artist whose large-scale photographic, installation, and video work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. She makes immersive environments and mise-en-scenes, constructed in states of resolution and dissolution between imagined futures, alternative presents, and fictional mechanisms. Her work is an ongoing investigation into simulacra and the sublime, and highlights how mythological forms - even the most marketed and marketable - require the support of ancestral insistences, and common structures.

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    Gayle Chong Kwan is a London-based artist whose large-scale photographic, installation, and video work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. She makes immersive environments and mise-en-scenes, constructed in states of resolution and dissolution between imagined futures, alternative presents, and fictional mechanisms. Her work is an ongoing investigation into simulacra 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 include: Anthropo-scene, Bloomberg Space, London  (2015); Plot, Four Corners, London (2014); Mindscape, The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany (2014); Arripare, REFOCUS: The Castlegate mima Photography Prize, Stockton-on-tees (2013); 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: 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).

    CV & Education

    AWARDS
    2015 'Photography in the Public Realm New York', International Artist's Award, British Council/Arts Council England, New York
    2014 FATHOM Award, Four Corners Film, UK
    2013 REFOCUS: The Castlegate mima Photography Prize
    2013 The Royal Scottish Academy Award
    2008 The Photography Award, The Vauxhall Collective, UK
    2006 Arts Council England International Fellow, Arts Council England
    2005 Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes Award, EU

    BIENNIALS
    2015 Royal College of Art Research Biennale, Royal College of Art, London
    2011 Gayle Chong Kwan, Giulia Giannola and Francesca Mila Nemni ‘Invisible Twinning’, Urban Meridian, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Asia-Pacific Biennale, Berlin (with Publication)
    2011 Gayle Chong Kwan ‘The Obsidian Isle’, New Forest Pavilion, 54 Bienniale di Venezia, Italy (with Publication)
    2009 Gayle Chong Kwan ‘Cockaigne’, Tales from the New World, 10 Havana Biennale, Cuba (with Publication)

    EDUCATION
    2012 - Research Candidate, Phd Fine Art Practice, Royal College of Art, London
    1997-2000 BA Hons Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London (High 2:1) 
    1995 MSc Communications, University of Stirling, Scotland
    1991-4 BA Hons Politics and Modern History, University of Manchester (High 2:1)

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS/COMMISSIONS
    2015
    ‘Anthropo-scene’, Solo Exhibition, Bloomberg Space, London
    ‘Blind Vistas’, Palazzo Rossi, Genova, Italy
    'Atlantis', Architecture de Jeux, Centre Cultural de Blagnac, France

    2014 
    Special Projects, Art 14, London
    ‘Atlantis’, Plaza Roldan, Mexico City, Mexico
    ‘Wandering Waste’, Deveron Arts, Huntly, and Stills, Edinburgh, Scotland ‘Wastescape’, The Politics of Food, Delfina Foundation, London
    ‘The Pan Hag’, North East Durham Creates/FORMA, UK
    ‘Mindscape’, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany
    ‘The Macaroni’, The Tourists, Felbrigg Estate, National Trust, UK
    Commission and Residency, Venice Printmaking Workshop, Italy
    ‘Betwixt and Between’, South Square Gallery, Thornton

    2013
    ‘Arripare’, Public Realm Commission, REFOCUS: The Castlegate mima Photography Prize, Stockton, UK ‘Blind Vistas’, Solo Exhibition, Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris
    Royal Scottish Academy Award Residency, Stills, Edinburgh, and Deveron Arts, Huntly, Scotland ‘Gardens of Adonis’, Public Dinner Event, Tate Modern, London
    ‘The Obsidian Isle’, Solo Exhibition, An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 'The Obsidian Isle', Solo Exhibition, Backdoor Gallery, Clydebank, Scotland ‘Mountains in the Warehouse’, Cinnamon Kitchen, London

    2012
    'Wastescape', Festival of the World, Southbank Centre, London
    'The Golden Tide', Our Mutual Friends, Film and Video Umbrella, London ‘Double Vision’, Peckham Space, London
    'The Obsidian Isle', Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen
    'Memory Trace', Windows Commission, The Wellcome Trust, London ‘The Obsidian Isle’, Solo Exhibition, Galleria Uno + Uno, Milan Participatory Installation and Event, National Maritime Museum, London Artist in Residence, Mottisfont Abbey, National Trust, UK

    2011
    ‘The Obsidian Isle’, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow (with publication)
    ‘Sensory Banquet’, Artist in Residence Samphire Hoe, Kent Cultural Baton, Eurotunnel, UK Giphantie, Solo exhibition, Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris
    ‘Invisible Twinning’, Haus de Kulturen de Welt, Berlin (with publication)
    Solo exhibition, Galeria Ines Barrenechea, Madrid
    ‘Pas de Piqueur’, Etat d’un Lieu, Pépinières Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, Paris

    RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
    2015
    Galerie Alberta Pane, Arco, Madrid, Spain
    'Plot', Why Would I Lie?, Research Biennale, Royal College of Art, London
    'Venice in London', Harts Lane Studios, London

    2014
    ‘The Macaroni’, The Tourists, Felbrigg Estate, National Trust, UK
    Blanche ou l’oubli, Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris ‘Atlantis’, El Circulo, Plaza Roldan, Mexico City
    ‘Wastescape’, ‘The Politics of Food’, Delfina Foundation, London
    ‘The Golden Tide’, Sweet Thames Run Softly, The Mayflower, London 2013 ‘Gardens of Adonis’, Public Dinner Event, Tate Modern, London
    ‘A Touch of Darkness’, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
    'Blueprint' and 'Interlude', Couriers of Taste, Danson House, London FORMER WEST, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
    'The Golden Tide', Estuary, Museum of London, London

    2012
    Intimate Revolution: Discourse on Disappointment, Various Venues, Shanghai/ Beijing, China Galleria Uno + Uno, MIA, Milan Image Fair, Milan, Italy
    'Blueprint' and 'Impressions of Inner Mongolia', SINOPTICON: Contemporary Chinoiserie in Contemporary Art, Plymouth Arts Centre and Plymouth City and Museum Art Gallery , UK Galleria Ines Barrenechea, Just Mad, Art Fair, Madrid
    ‘Invisible Twinning’, Cultivation Field, Reading, UK

    2011
    Vault Art Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
    Savernake: The Spirit of the Place, Monika Bobinska Projects at Jen Hills London, London Galleria Uno + Uno, Berliner Liste, Berlin
    The Doubt of Beauty: Photographs from Collection Gibelli, Palazzo Te, Mantova, Italy
    Vault Art Fair, Glasgow
    ‘Manipulated Memory Tasting Booth’, China Through a Looking Glass, V&A Museum, London MiArt, Milan, Italy
    ‘Manipulated Memory Tasting Booth’, Science Museum, London
    Eattopia, Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan
    ‘Senscape Scotland’, Vauxhall Collective Award, Idea Generation Gallery, London Sh Contemporary, Shanghai, China
    ‘Memory Tasting Unit’, No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern, London
    ‘Green Flash’, Film/Video/Performance, Wimbledon Space, London
    MiArt, Milan, Italy
    ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’, Whose Map is it?, Iniva, London
    Hotpot, Fife Contemporary, St Andrews, Scotland

    RESIDENCIES
    2015
    'Photography in the Public Realm New York', International Artist's Award, British Council/Arts Council England, New York

    2014
    'Plot', FATHOM Residency, Four Corners, London
    'The Pan Hag', Residency, East Durham Creates/FORMA, UK
    The Politics of Food Residency, Delfina Foundation, UK
    Artist in Residence, Fellbrigg Estate, National Trust, UK

    2013
    REFOCUS: The Castlegate mima Photography Prize
    Venice Printmaking Workshop, Venice, Italy
    Royal Scottish Academy Residency, Stills, Edinburgh, and Deveron Arts, Huntly

    2011-12
    Artist in Residence, Mottisfont, National Trust, UK
    Artist in Residence at Samphire Hoe, Kent Cultural Baton/Eurotunnel, UK
    BREATHE Residency, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK

    2010
    Etat d’un Lieu, Pépinières Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, Paris
    Home and Abroad Portugal, Triangle Arts Trust, Sintra, Portugal
    Ricefield/ Arts Council Scotland, Scotland, UK

    SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
    'Why Would I Lie?, Royal College of Art Biennale, Royal College of Art, London
    Experimental Eating, Black Dog Publishing
    Food, Nutrition, Agriculture. the challenges of the new millennium, ed Alberto Michelini, L’Erma di Bretschneider
    ‘Mindscape’, 100 Years Minds in Motion, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt 
    Gayle Chong Kwan ‘Blind Vistas’, Journal 01
    ‘Invisible Twinning’, Urban Meridian, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
    Gayle Chong Kwan, ‘The Obsidian Isle’, Published by Graphical House, Glasgow ‘Vauxhall Collective Awards’, Idea Generation
    ‘The Obsidian Isle’, New Forest Pavilion, 54 Bienniale di Venezia, Italy
    Gayle Chong Kwan ‘The Grand Tour’, Published by ArtSway, UK
    ‘Havana Biennial’, Published by Havana Biennial, Cuba
    ‘Photography: A Critical Introduction’, 4th Edition, edited by Liz Wells, Routledge
    ‘Platform for Art. Art on the Underground’, Black Dog Publishing, London ISBN 9781906155063 ‘Open Space. Art in the Public Realm in London 1995 – 2005’, Arts Council England
    ‘Stilled. Contemporary Still Life Photography by Women’, IRIS, Published by Ffotogallery UK

    COLLECTIONS
    Government Art Fund; Arts Council England; The British Embassy, Paris; Moatti-Riviere, Russia; Minister for Culture; Museum of London; Getty Collection; Gallery Oldham; various private international collections