Gayle Chong Kwan

Wastescape: weaving landscapes of politics, dairy and waste

Auckland Arts Festival
New Zealand
9 – 24 March 2019

Wastescape explores the effects of the controversial growth of the intensive dairy industry on water, land use, Co2 emissions and biodiversity in New Zealand. Chong Kwan used over six thousand used plastic milk bottles, collected from local schools and communities, to create an otherworldly landscape of waste, which ‘grew’ out of the floors and hoppers of the six silos in Auckland Harbour. Lining the interconnecting corridor through the silos were a series of twelve photographic sculptural headdresses explore the environmental effects of New Zealand’s dairy industry through Maori weaving techniques and moves to recognise rivers as legal persons, as a means of protecting their rights.