Genesis client, Gayle Chong Kwan’s The People’s Forest is an exhibition of new photographic and sculptural work exploring the history, politics, and people of London’s ancient woodland, Epping Forest.
The exhibition is the culmination of Chong Kwan’s two-year engagement and research investigating the Forest as a liminal threshold between rural and urban, as a site of historic and recent protest, as a shared and contested resource, and the conflict between capital and common.
Formed of three parts, the installation consists of a geometric pollarded tree, a wooden scaffold which references recent road protests, section of a tree trunk, and felled branches on which sit miniature houses created by people local to the forest. Surrounded by the scaffold which holds the pollarded tree aloft, the artist has inscribed a timeline of politics and protest related to Epping Forest onto a tree ring.
The People’s Forest
William Morris Gallery
3 March – 20 May 2018
Lloyd Park, Forest Road
Gayle Chong Kwan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and lives and works in London. Her work is exhibited and published widely nationally and internationally, and is held in numerous public and private collections.
Gayle’s large-scale photographic, installation, sound, participatory, and video work is exhibited nationally and internationally, both in major galleries and in the public realm. Her work is an ongoing investigation into simulacra and the sublime, which she explores through constructed immersive environments and mise-en-scenes, constructed in states of resolution and dissolution between imagined futures, alternative presents, and fictional mechanisms.