Review of Gayle Chong Kwan’s artist’s talk by Cathy Rogers
Gayle Chong Kwan is a photographic and installation artist who produces large scale fantastical scenes of imagined places using the detritus of food waste to create other worldly landscapes. Manifested as either hoardings for Transport for London, subterranean glacial reconstructions made from empty milk cartons or exquisite thought provoking gallery installations, Chong Kwan’s beautiful magical photographic depictions belie a serious message. We consume too much and we have little idea of how to meaningfully re-purpose the waste (Gayle referenced a project in the amazing city of Medellin – a city built on waste).
We spent an engrossing two hours with Gayle listening to how she started her career in the arts, the jobs she took along the way, how she gradually built up her commissions, and how her practice progressed. There was a lively debate after and everyone came away really inspired.