Babel

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Gayle Chong Kwan's (b. Edinburgh, United Kingdom) series 'Cockaigne' is based on fourteenth-century ideas of a glutton's paradise. The resulting photographs depict a fictional landscape constructed from a single foodstuff: examining the exotic in the tourism and travel industries. The series developed out of research Kwan undertook in Mauritius (her father's homeland), observing how tourism was altering and incrementally consuming the landscape of the island. 'Babel', constructed from raw, cooked and dried meat, references links between meat and earthly (carnal) satisfaction, and biblical notions of the folly in constructing an edifice that aspires to reach heaven.

Autograph

London

Title

Babel

Date

2004

Medium

C-print

Measurements

H 100 x W 120 cm

Accession number

GCK.C.04

Acquisition method

commissioned by Autograph

Work type

Photograph

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