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Jarman Award Shortlist Artist Profile: Adam Chodzko

Date posted: 12.11.2015

In the fourth of our weekly shortlisted artist profiles, Adam Chodzko discusses the formative cultural influences that helped shape his distinctive moving image works, as well as the multidisciplinary approach which underpins his practice.

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Adam Chodzko will be in conversation as part of a special event at Turner Contemporary in Margate on Wendesday 19 November as part of this year's UK Tour.

About the artist

Adam Chodzko is an artist whose multidisciplinary practice explores the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour in the gap between how we are and how we could be.

Exhibiting work nationally and internationally since 1991, Chodzko works across media, from video installation to subtle interventions, and with a practice that is partly sited within the gallery space and partly within the wider public realm, his work explores our collective imagination in order to suggest how, through the visual, we might best connect with others.

Chodzko's work has shown at numerous venues around the world including Tate Britain; Tate St Ives; Venice Biennale; Royal Academy, London; Deste Foundation, Athens; PS1, NY; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Kunstmuseum Luzern; Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Athens Biennale; Istanbul Biennial; Benaki Museum, Athens; and Folkestone Triennial. Chodzko has previously received awards from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, and an AHRC Creative Research Fellowship. He lives and works in Whitstable, Kent.

Science Fiction

Reflecting on what he describes as 'an atmosphere of trepidation, wonder and possibility' which characterises much of his work, Chodzko sites key early influences as film and literature with a particular preoccupation with ideas around apocalypse and the transformation of society.

Chodzko's artworks engage with ideas about the relationship between our value and belief systems, examining their affect on our communal and private spaces, with starting points often rooted in existing documents and fictions which the artist interrogates and manipulates to uncover new meaning.

'With anything I do, the more I investigate or explore it, the more surreal or illogical it becomes.'

Operating between documentary and fantasy - often using a form of "science fiction" - in order that art might propose alternative realities), conceptualism and surrealism and public and private space, often engaging reflexively and directly with the role of the viewer.

Jarman Influence

'I really like his combination of feeling very connected to a centre and to politics, whilst also disconnecting himself'

Discussing  Jarman's legacy and influence on his own work, Chodzko singles out Jarman's use of improvisation as well as reflecting on his own personal connection to Jarman's life as he grew up in the same area as Jarman and now finds himself living on the Kent coast, not far from Jarman's beloved Prospect Cottage.

See work by all of the artists at a gallery near you with our Jarman Award tour.  

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