The Pan Hag
Gayle Chong Kwan
Gayle Chong Kwan’s The Pan Hag project connects localities, villages and towns in east Durham making evident their commonalities, while highlighting and celebrating the distinct identity of each place.
Chong Kwan sets out to walk the line of east Durham, documenting her role as The Pan Hag through video and text-based work, and will develop sculptural photographic works, which will be dotted throughout the landscape – which will create new layers of imagining, in which people will be invited to traverse the varied, present, historic and future landscapes of east Durham.
East Durham Creates, Durham, UK
The Pan Hag was commissioned by East Durham Creates. Produced by Forma. East Durham Creates is managed by Beamish, Forma, and East Durham Trust working in partnership. The project is supported by Durham County Council via East Durham Area Action Partnership and funded by Arts Council England.
Gayle Chong Kwan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and lives and works in London. Kwan's large-scale photographic, installation, sound, participatory, and video work is exhibited nationally and internationally, both in major galleries and in the public realm. Her work is an ongoing investigation into simulacra and the sublime, which she explores through constructed immersive environments and mise-en-scenes, constructed in states of resolution and dissolution between imagined futures, alternative presents, and fictional mechanisms.
Background image: Gayle Chong Kwan, The Pan Hag, Horden Beach, Durham, 2014. Photo: Colin Davison