05.04.17 'Odd Guides: Food and Nature'
Lea River Park: a new landscape for London
New London Architecture
The Building Centre, London
28.03.17 Artist Talk
Croydon School of Art
25.03.17 - 16.05.17 'Anthropo-scene'
Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris
23.03.17 - 26.03.17
Drawing Now, Paris
25.11.16 - 25.03.17 Peckham Platform Retrospective
01.10.16 'The Pan Hag Field Kitchen'
Outdoor event on former Easington Colliery site for the public to explore lost and overlooked traditional skills and customs related to crafts, growing, food, and nature, including peg looming, proggy mat workshops, woodturning, sea glass collecting, and the world's first ever Pan Hag Championship. A printed legacy of the two years of research, events, and activities, ‘The Pan Hag Map’, will be available spring 2017.
04.05.16 - 04.06.16 'Plot', Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait City
My moving image work 'Plot'(2013) is shown in group exhibition 'What's your Location: Re-Imagined Reality'. http://capkuwait.com/portfolio/whats-your-location/
16.04.16 Talk 'Surviving as an artist', Rivington Place, London
07.01.16 Interview on BBC Radio 3
I was interviewed on Free Thinking Arts and Ideas programme about my current project 'The Pan Hag' in East Durham, commissioned by Forma
22.09.15 Lecture at Falmouth University
Gayle Chong Kwan Artist's Lecture, Photography Department, Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus, Falmouth University, 5pm
05.09.15 'The Pan Hag' at Peterlee Festival
'The Pan Hag' will be at Peterlee Festival, where I will be gathering vernacular definitions for the Pan Hag Dictionary and recipes and ingredients of panhaggerty and panackerty
01.07.16 International Artists' Development Award
Award to work in New York researching photography in the public realm
25.06.15 - 15.06.15 Solo exhibition 'Intimi Nutrimenti' opens at Palazzo Rosso, Genova, Italy
22.06.15 Talk on'Anthropo-scene', Bloomberg SPACE, London
Gayle Chong Kwan and Rut Blees Luxemburg in a presentation of our work in relation to the City, in discussion with Francis Marshall, Senior Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Museum of London. 6.30-8.30pm
08.06.15 'Arripare', in Stockton-on-tees
Last week to see 'Arripare', 40-metre public-realm photographic installation in Stockton-on-tees, as recipient of the inaugural REFOCUS: The Biennial Castlegate mima Photography Prize(http://www.refocusprize.com/gayle-chong-kwan/)
02.06.15 Talk on exhibition 'Anthropo-scene', Cultural Bites, Bloomberg, London
12.05.15 Solo exhibition 'Atlantis', Odyssud, Centre Cultural de Blagnac, France
12.05.15 - 25.10.15
09.04.15 - 27.06.15 Solo exhibition 'Anthropo-scene', Bloomberg SPACE, London
18.04.15 'Plot', Why Would I Lie, Royal College of Art Research Biennale, London
18.04.15 - 23.04.15
I have spent the summer shooting a moving image work in Mauritius, an island that has changed significantly since my last visit nearly 10 years ago - more of the island's beaches are built on by hotels, and many sites of nature and animal habitats are under threat from both development and tourism. I have been interviewing and working with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation and Kew Gardens in relation to the fate of the hyophorbe amaricaulis. The work I developed from it is:
Gayle Chong Kwan, ‘Plot’ (2014)
HD video, 12 mins
Plot Four, Chemin de Moulin Casse, Perybere, Mauritius. Grasses grow around my knees, insects persist my feet. Parceled between tourist developments in the north of the island, this plot teems with funereal mounds of waste, the few remaining punctuations of bird wetland habitat in the midst of a sea of concrete, bricks, plaster and paint, in an incrementally theatricalized version of a paradise. From a small parcel of wasteland in Mauritius, owned by her family, Chong Kwan travels in real, constructed and animated landscapes, in search for the sole remaining member of a species of palm, the hyophorbe amaricaulis, or 'the Loneliest Palm', which is at risk of the same fate as that of the island’s Dodo. The work moves between documentary, day and night-time imaginings, simulacrum, the sublime, construction and waste, and ends with a haunting childhood song by the artist's 99 year old Great Aunt, herself the last of a generation.