Gayle Chong Kwan

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Gayle Chong Kwan
Gayle Chong Kwan by Georgia Kuhn, 2013.jpg
Gayle Chong Kwan by Georgia Kuhn, 2013
Born1973 (age 48–49)
Known forPhotography, visual arts

Gayle Chong Kwan (born 1973) is a London-based artist whose large-scale photographic, installation, and video work has been exhibited and published internationally.

Life and work[edit]


Chong Kwan is a Research Candidate in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art,[1] London, (2012-). She holds a BA Hons Politics and Modern History, University of Manchester (1994), where she specialised in Post-Colonial Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa; an MSc in Communications, University of Stirling (1995); and a BA Hons Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (2000).


Gayle Chong Kwan is a British artist who 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]


Personal life[edit]

Chong Kwan was born in Edinburgh to a Scottish mother and a Chinese-Mauritian father. She lives with her two sons (born in 2009 and 2015), in Leytonstone, London.[8]


  1. ^ "Gayle Chong Kwan". Royal College of Art. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Gayle Chong Kwan". Contemporary Art Society. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  3. ^ Giusti, Giusti. "Gayle Chong Kwan's Sensorial Universe". on the occasion of Gayle Chong Kwan’s Solo Exhibition ‘Sensorial Universe’. Galleria Uno + Uno, Milan. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Gayle Chong Kwan". Still – Scotland's Centre for Photography. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Match, 2015". Refocus. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Arripare, 2013". Refocus. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  7. ^ "four corners film". Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  8. ^ Zuccotti, Paula. "Gayle Chong Kwan". Freunde von Freunden. Retrieved 18 March 2014.

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