Gayle Chong Kwan, Wastescape, Silo Park, Auckland 2019
Gayle Chong Kwan: Wastescape – Weaving landscapes of politics, dairy and waste.
Te Tuhi + Invisible Dust at Silo 6
9th – 24th March 2019
Silo Park, Cnr Beaumont & Jellicoe Sts, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, New Zealand
‘Wastescape’, by British artist Gayle Chong Kwan, explored New Zealand’s relationship to food and waste in a large-scale, immersive art installation using thousands of plastic milk bottles. In the New Zealand context Chong Kwan’s ‘Wastescape’ explored the effects of the controversial growth of the Countries intensive dairy industry on water, land use, Co2 emissions and biodiversity. Chong Kwan transformed Wynyard Quarter’s Silo 6 in Auckland, into a dream-like landscape with a political edge.
The work combined thousands of used bottles collected from schools and communities in Auckland to create the otherworldly landscape. Chong Kwan’s work seeks to kickstart conversations about our own role as consumers and the impact of what we buy on our environment. It highlights the problems of the New Zealand dairy industry – its huge water use, pollution of fresh water supplies, use of palm oil kernals, large methane emissions, plastic waste and change of land use resulting in declines in biodiversity.
Te Tuhi and Invisible Dust see this partnership as an ideal opportunity to bring Gayle Chong Kwan’s visionary work which goes to the heart of what resources we prioritise to become sustainable nations to both New Zealand and UK audiences, and as a way to prompt vital discussions about the dairy industry and our future.
“Plastic waste is reaching alarming proportions, with 8 million tons of it ending up in our oceans. “Wastescape’ has the potential to educate the public through the power of enquiry and fascination that resides in visual art.” – Te Tuhi Artistic Director, Gabriela Salgado.
Humber Museums Partnership
The Humber Museums Partnership (HMP) consists of the museum services of Hull, North Lincolnshire and the East Riding in the UK. The partnership holds extensive collections of
art, archaeology, social history, rural history, maritime history and world cultures and works together to promote the heritage and museums of the Humber region. Gayle Kwan Chong’s ‘Wastescape’ is part of ‘Surroundings’ programme of international artist residencies and exhibitions funded by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.