Dr Gayle Chong Kwan
Dr Gayle Chong Kwan is an award-winning British artist who explores the contested nature of museum collections, colonialism, and ecological degradation to bring the past in dialogue with the present and future thinking through art, research, teaching, participatory practice, and work in the public realm.
She works at the intersection of historical, material, and archival research and fine art practice centred on an expanded and embodied notion of photographic practice using collage, mise-en-scene installations, ritual, sensory experiences, and sculptural works worn on the body, often made out of detritus, remains, and documentary sources.
Her socially-engaged projects, photographs, installations, and exhibitions in galleries and the public realm are commissioned and shown internationally. Her PhD in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art is on ‘Imaginal Travel: political and ecological positioning as fine art practice’ (2023) of thinking, making, and doing in the world as ritual and immanent acts in collaboration and in contemplation of inner life.