Adam Chodzko is an artist based in Whitstable, Kent. His art explores the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour. Working across media, from video installation to subtle interventions, and with a practice that is situated both within the gallery and the wider public realm, his work explores and invents a collective imagination through the poetics of everyday life. By wondering how, through the visual, we might best engage with the existence of others he reveals the realities that emerge from the search for this knowledge.
Chodzko's art proposes new relationships between our value and belief systems, their effect on our communal and private spaces, and the documents and fictions that control, describe and guide them. Working directly with the networks of people and places that surround him, often using forms of anthropology, Chodzko focuses on the relational politics of culture's edges, endings, displacements, transitions and disappearances through a provocative looking in the 'wrong' place; a search for knowledge through instability. His art is catalysed by imagining a collapse of the category of Art, requiring not only a new audience but also a new status for the art object. Chodzko’s practice operates in the tight, poetic spaces he evolves between documentary and fantasy, conceptualism and surrealism, and public and private space, often engaging reflexively and directly with the role of the viewer.
Since 1991 Chodzko has exhibited extensively in international solo and group exhibitions including Tate, St Ives; Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo); Athens Biennale; Istanbul Biennale; Venice Biennale; Royal Academy, London; Deste Foundation, Athens; PS1, New York; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Kunstmuseum Luzern, among others. Recent projects include commissions by Situations, Bristol; Creative Time, New York; The Contemporary Art Society, Frieze Art Fair, and Hayward Gallery, London. In 2002 he received awards from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York. In 2007 he was awarded an AHRC Research Fellowship in the Film Department at the University of Kent, Canterbury. In 2011 he was received the Liberty Kent Public Art Award. His work is in the collections of Tate; the British Council; the British Film Institute; Arts Council England; APT; Auckland City Art Gallery; Contemporary Art Society Collection, London; The Creative Foundation, Folkstone; Frac Languedoc-Rousillon; GAM - Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Turin; Grizedale Arts, Coniston; MAMbo; Plains Arts Museum, North Dakota; Saatchi Collection; South London Gallery; Towner Gallery Eastbourne; and international private collections.