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Installation shot of Ovals © Gayle Chong Kwan.Chong Kwan created photographic collages which explore specific foodstuffs and their associated waste issues, as headpieces to be worn, bringing the food consumption, transportation, production, and waste of food into bodily consideration. The headpieces will be worn on performative walks in the city at points during the exhibition.
Installation shot of Ovals © Gayle Chong Kwan.Chong Kwan created photographic collages which explore specific foodstuffs and their associated waste issues, as headpieces to be worn, bringing the food consumption, transportation, production, and waste of food into bodily consideration. The headpieces will be worn on performative walks in the city at points during the exhibition.
Waste Matters © Gayle Chong Kwan. Two landscapes of an island of collaged food at the top and its corresponding food waste at the bottom. Installed as banners on the balcony of Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.
Installation shot of Plates © Gayle Chong Kwan. The inverted photographs of waste food as landscape and sea salt grown on plates as ambiguous islands in the archipelago, each based on an artificial island with food waste and sea salt crystals.
Installation shot of Oil Spill Islands © Gayle Chong Kwan. An archipelago of eight islands as made from documentary images of recent oil spills in the world’s waters. The photographic collages have been preserved in sea salt. Chong Kwan developed the series as a response to the ecological consequences of the recent major oil spill off the coast of Mauritius in 2020, the island of her father’s birth, and the research into recent major oil spills throughout the world
Installation shot of Oil Spill Islands © Gayle Chong Kwan. An archipelago of eight islands as made from documentary images of recent oil spills in the world’s waters. The photographic collages have been preserved in sea salt. Chong Kwan developed the series as a response to the ecological consequences of the recent major oil spill off the coast of Mauritius in 2020, the island of her father’s birth, and the research into recent major oil spills throughout the world
Canada, 2018, from the series Oil Spill Islands © Gayle Chong Kwan. An archipelago of eight islands as made from documentary images of recent oil spills in the world’s waters. The photographic collages have been preserved in sea salt. Chong Kwan developed the series as a response to the ecological consequences of the recent major oil spill off the coast of Mauritius in 2020, the island of her father’s birth, and the research into recent major oil spills throughout the world
Waste Matters produced as two banners, located on the façade of Palazzo Foscari on the Grand Canal,which are the result of reflections made during the Waste Matters project that the artist ran, and developed with students and academics.
Waste Matters produced as two banners, located on the façade of Palazzo Foscari on the Grand Canal,which are the result of reflections made during the Waste Matters project that the artist ran, and developed with students and academics.
Waste Matters produced as two banners, located on the façade of Palazzo Foscari on the Grand Canal,which are the result of reflections made during the Waste Matters project that the artist ran, and developed with students and academics.

We recently worked with Gayle Chong Kwan on her latest solo exhibition, Waste Archipelago, which is on until 4th September at Alberta Pane gallery in Venice. The exhibition includes photographic, paper and installation works, created from food waste and other organic elements, weave osmotic dialogues in the exhibition space: cut-outs and fragments, peels and scraps, collages and photographs are the starting point for a reflection that extends to colonial expansion, the exploitation of natural resources and ecological disasters. Genesis assisted in the creation of these works with file preparation and screen time.

Winner of the 2019 Sustainable Art Prize, Gayle Chong Kwan has worked for more than a year with students and academics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, with the aim of exploring theories, conceptions and perspectives on these issues, and then developing a project that focuses on waste as a virtuous matter that permeates everyday life.

The solo exhibition at the Venice gallery is closely linked to this research, which it deliberately echoes: an immersive and enveloping show in which the central concept of the archipelago aims to bring out, visually and conceptually, the interconnection between actions and ideas that humanity enacts and elaborates around waste and residue. Chong Kwan explores the central role of the body and its relationship within a natural system of correlations, and the potentials that this perspective can offer.

© Gayle Chong Kwan. 53cm x 80cm.
Chong Kwan created photographic collages which explore specific foodstuffs and their associated waste issues, as headpieces to be worn, bringing the food consumption, transportation, production, and waste of food into bodily consideration. The headpieces will be worn on performative walks in the city at points during the exhibition. 

About Gayle Chong Kwan

Gayle Chong Kwan is a London-based artist, whose large -scale photographic installation, sound, participatory, and video work is exhibited nationally and internationally, both in major galleries and in the public space. Her work is an ongoing investigation into simulacra and the sublime, which she explores through constructed immersive environments and mise en scenes.

The personal and global politics of food and tourism is a major focus of Gayle Chong Kwan’s practice. Her work is often specific to a context and she explores histories, memory and senses. The artist’s pieces take the viewer on a journey across countries and civilizations, exploring the relationship between food and culture, and underlying the importance of waste in giving measure to our lives. Playing with scale and merging the real and the constructed, she has often created large and multilayered installations, exploring the built environment, strata and waste, as well as many mythical landscapes, created through arrangements of foods.


Gayle Chong Kwan: Waste Archipelago at Galleria Alberta Pane


22 May – 4 September 2021

Galleria Alberta Pane
Dorsoduro 2403H
Calle dei Guardiani
30123, Venice, IT


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