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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. In the New Zealand context Chong Kwan’s ‘Wastescape’ explores the effects of the controversial growth of the Countries intensive dairy industry on water, land use, Co2 emissions and biodiversity. Chong Kwan will transform Wynyard Quarter’s Silo 6 in Auckland, into a dream-like landscape with a political edge.

The work will combine 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.

Wastescape Sensory Tour
Saturday 9 March, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Silo 6, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, New Zealand

Join UK artist Gayle Chong Kwan for a sensory tour of Wastescape, enabling blind and low vision participants to use their other senses to experience and bring to life her ideas, research, and the development of the work. This event relates to ‘Microclimate’, commissioned by Invisible Dust and Humber Museums Partnership 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.

Maximum Participants: 12 blind/low vision people. Companions are welcome to attend.
Email:, text 0211 29 1786 or call 09 374 0310

Wastescape Panel Discussion
Saturday 9 March, 4-5pm
Villa Maria Gallery, ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand

Gayle Chong Kwan’s immersive installation Wastescape weaves thousands of milk bottles into a mesmerising image that reflects our consumer habits, particularly of plastic used by the dairy industry in New Zealand.

Exploring the environmental impact of excessive waste, the artist discusses the role of artists in building awareness of human responsibility in the pollution of our planet. The discussion will tease out the beauty and brutal reality of an otherworldly landscape made of waste.

Gayle Chong Kwan is a British artist whose photographs, sculptures, events and installations are exhibited internationally, both in galleries and in the public realm. Her work explores simulacra and the sublime through constructed environments, imagined futures, ritual experiences and sensory registers.

Mike Joy was a late starter in academia. He first attended university in his early thirties at Massey Palmerston North where he received a BSc, MSc and PhD in Ecology. He began lecturing in Ecology and Environmental Science in 2003 and became an outspoken advocate for environmental protection after seeing first-hand the decline in freshwater health in New Zealand.

Mike has received a number of awards for this work which include an Ecology in Action award from the NZ Ecological Society, the inaugural New Zealand Universities Critic and Conscience award in 2016 and was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the year.

Alex Monteith’s works explore the political dimensions of culture engaged in turmoil over land ownership, history and occupation. Her works traverse political movements, contemporary sports, culture and social activities. Projects often take place in large‐scale or extreme geographies. She is also a member of the collective Local Time, and is a some-time political and environmental activist.

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‘Wastescape’ is commissioned for the Auckland Arts Festival with Te Tuhi, Auckland, in partnership with the Humber Museums Partnership.

Download October 2018 press release here.