Invisible Dust

London | Thursday 17 January
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Gayle Chong Kwan, Wastescape, 2012

Gayle Chong Kwan: Wastescape – Weaving landscapes of politics, dairy and waste.
Te Tuhi + Invisible Dust at Silo 6

9th – 24th March 2019, 11am – 5pm.
Silo Park, Cnr Beaumont & Jellicoe Sts, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, New Zealand

‘Wastescape’, by British artist Gayle Chong Kwan, will explore New Zealand’s relationship to food and waste in a large-scale, immersive art installation using thousands of plastic milk bottles. The installation aims to expose New Zealand’s dairy industry through transforming Wynyard Quarter’s Silo 6 in Auckland, into a dream-like landscape with a political edge.

Chong Kwan will combine thousands of used bottles collected from schools and communities in Auckland to create otherworldly landscapes. Her work seeks to kickstart conversations about our own role as consumers and the impact of what we buy on our environment. In the New Zealand context Chong Kwan’s ‘Wastescape’ explores the effects of the controversial growth of the intensive dairy industry on our water, land use, Co2 emissions and 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

The work will also highlight the controversial environmental 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.

As part of ‘Wastescape’ Chong Kwan will develop a ‘sensory walk’ through the work and nearby harbour area in Auckland, which relates to and develops out of ‘Microclimate’, commissioned by Invisible Dust in 2017 in which visitors were invited to taste, touch and feel as part of a banquet on food and sustainability at Normanby Hall in North Lincolnshire in the UK. Chong Kwan will develop the work from the New Zealand context and present a further Sensory Walk in the UK in 2019.

‘Wastescape’ is commissioned for the Auckland Arts Festival by Te Tuhi, Auckland, in partnership with art and environmental organisation Invisible Dust, UK, and the Humber Museums Partnership, UK.

Download October 2018 press release here.