Double Vision – Gayle Chong Kwan

Double Vision - Peckham Space

Dates: 25 May –29 July 2012

Open: Tuesday – Friday 11.00 – 17.00 / Saturday 11.00 – 16.00 / Sunday 10.00 – 13.00

Venue: Peckham Space, 89 Peckham High Street, London SE15 5RS

Peckham Space presents Double Vision, an exhibition of a new work by artist Gayle Chong Kwan which will invite visitors to explore the tastes, textures and smells of a fantastical, three-dimensional mythical landscape.

The visitor will discover a strange and unfamiliar world, surrounded by stimulants such as herbs, spices and textures as well as sound recordings from the locale and other countries. Taking them on a journey into this landscape and their imagination, Double Vision will evoke myths, folk tales and fairy stories from around the world which articulate our complex relationship to food and the senses.

Chong Kwan has gathered oral histories of people’s travels to the area, people’s memories of fairy stories and folk tales of their childhood connected with food and the senses, as well as recipes and significant dishes, all of which will shape the physical environment in which visitors to Peckham Space will be subject to new sensory experiences. A striking cross-section revealing the heart of this mythical world will be displayed to passers-by, designed to intrigue and invite participation.

In preparation for the exhibition, Chong Kwan worked with students from Harris Academy in Peckham. The students considered the recipes and ingredients that they felt best evoked their locality and, using photographs of these elements, they produced collages which will act as publicity for the exhibition locally. They also contributed sound recordings of recipes, dishes and personally significant journeys, which will feature in the installation.

Gayle Chong Kwan said: “I am interested in the ways in which the non-visual senses are often neglected in the recounting of history, so I am excited about this opportunity to bring these personal stories of past experiences to life as a tangible, three-dimensional landscape.”

Visit the Peckham Space website to see the Double Vision events programme.