Gayle Chong Kwan (born Edinburgh) is a London-based artist whose work has been exhibited and published internationally and is held in public and private collections. Her work centres on simulacra and the sublime, which she explores through the notion of the Imaginal. Latest works include an international touring exhibition which explores historic fictional models of the moon, 'Blind Vistas' (2013), and 'Memory Trace' (2012), a large-scale photographic installation which layers taxi drivers' navigational markers, neurological pathways in the brain, and archive images of the hippocampus from the Wellcome Collection, developed with Prof. Eleanor Maguire and commissioned by the Wellcome Trust. She's currently a Research student in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London. In her research, she explores the Poetics and Ethics of Imaginal Travel, through two registers: of shared communal travel in social, sensory and spatial reality in relation to the island od Mauritius; and the individual or personal experience of hypnogogia and nyctalopia. She's conducting her research through field trips to Mauritius, and conversations and collaborations with environmentalists, historians, archivists, philosophers and scientists. Recent works include 'Anthropo-Scene' (2017), Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris; 'Plot' (2016), Contemporay Art Platform, Kuwait City; 'Anthropo-Scene' (2015), Bloomberg Space, London.
Gayle Chong Kwan has been selected as a BBC BAME Expert, and took part in training to present on BBC TV and Radio. She speaks at national and international symposia, conferences and academic events, and is a Visiting Tutor at Art Colleges and Universities. She has been interviewed on the radio and filmed speaking on a range of arts and culture subjects. She's invited to devise and run masterclasses, workshops, events and courses, based upon her research interests, for galleries and institutions (incl. V&A; La Villette, Paris; Centro de Desarollo de Moravia, Medellin; National Maritime Museum; Tate Modern; Tate Britain; Hayward Gallery; RCA).