Grant Recipients Grants to Artists Visual Arts 2002

Adam Chodzko

A black and white close-up portrait of Adam Chodzko in front of a leafy tree. He is in three quarter profile and looks out at someone beyond the frame of the image. He has short dark hair and wears a collared shirt.
  • 2002 Grants to Artists
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Artist
  • Born London, England, 1965
  • Lives in Whitstable, Kent, England
  • Additional Information

Among the many rules that artists decide to apply to that 'free' space they appear to be working in are ones governed by economic factors. And you can end up nurturing these; 'Hey, I'm an artist using a camera that doesn't even work!' There are of course more interesting challenges, and the FCPA award helped me find those.

- Adam Chodzko, May 10, 2004

Artist Statement

I am a visual artist. My 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, working across media, from video installation to subtle interventions, and with a practice that partly is sited within the gallery space and partly within the wider public realm, my work investigates our collective imagination by wondering how, through the visual, we might best engage with the existence of others.

I propose new relationships between our value and belief systems, examining their affect on our communal and private spaces and working with the documents and fictions that control, describe, and guide these systems and spaces: assemblies of owners of a particular jacket; a reunion of the children "murdered" in a Pasolini film; a god look-alike contest; a London gallery's archive given to a group of Kurdish asylum seekers to edit and hide outside the capital; a late night parade of nocturnal animals to the Frieze Art Fair, London; a vessel for visiting the dead...

Often working directly with the networks of people and places that surround me, frequently using forms of anthropology, I focus on the relational politics of culture's edges, endings, displacements, transitions, and disappearances through a provocative looking in the "wrong" place. My practice operates between documentary and fantasy (especially in the form of "science fiction," using art to propose alternative realities), conceptualism and surrealism, and public and private space, often engaging reflexively and directly with the role of the viewer.

- 2014


Adam Chodzko is a visual artist who works in a variety of mediums, including video, photography, drawing, text, installation, performance, and public intervention. Chodzko's projects investigate what it means to be human and function as part of a community, through works that connect the mundane and imaginary worlds.

During Chodzko's 2002 FCPA grant period, he created works including Plan for a Spell, the 81-image 35mm slide projection cell-a 2016, the 10-minute DVD Limbo Land, and the book RomanovPlan for a Spell is a single screen projection that features footage of eccentric English rites and banalities that rearranges at random upon each viewing.

After receiving his 2002 Grants to Artists award, Chodzko's work was the subject of solo exhibitions at Herbert Read Gallery, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury; Els Hanappe Underground, Athens; Carlier Gebauer, Berlin; Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna; Signal, Malmö, Sweden; Tate St Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom; Siakos.Hanappe, Athens; Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt; Benaki Museum, Athens; and Marlborough Contemporary, London. Chodzko's work has been included in many British Council curated international exhibitions of British Art, including Micro/Macro: British Art 1996-2002 (2003) at Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest; Breaking Step (2007) at Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; and Private Utopia (2014) at Tokyo Station Gallery, Japan.

Subsequent to his 2002 Grants to Artists award, Chodzko's work has also been included in group exhibitions at Cecil Sharpe House, London; MoMA PS1; Chapter Art Gallery, Cardiff; Studio Voltaire, London; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, san Francisco; Tate Britain; White Columns; The Aspen Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Galleria Franco Noero, Turin; Glucksman Gallery, Cork; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Barbican Art Gallery, London; Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing; Zoo, London; Courtauld Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Lodz; Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague; Norwich Castle Museum, Norfolk; and Galeria Marlborough, Barcelona; among others. Chodzko exhibited work in the Venice Biennale (1995), Athens Biennale (2009), Folkestone Triennial (2008), and Istanbul Biennial (2009). Chodzko's work has been commissioned by Creative Time, The Contemporary Art Society, Frieze Art Fair, Hayward Gallery, and Film and Video Umbrella.

After receiving his 2002 FCPA grant, Chodzko received an award from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (2002), a AHRC Creative Research Fellowship in the Film Department at the University of Kent, Canterbury (2007), a Liberty Kent Public Art Award (2011); and he held a Visual Art Residency at Cove Park, Argyll and Bute in Scotland (2010).

He received a B.A. in Art History from University of Manchester in 1988 and an M.A. in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London in 1994.

Text for FCPA-supported Limbo Land, 2001.
Pages from FCPA-supported book Romanov, 2002.
A image of six film stills with captions. An image on the upper left shows blurred people illuminated in harsh light standing in a crowd. Beside this image there is a photo of houses seen through bars. On the second row, on the left, there is an image of many people lined up in the grass next to a river. To the right of this image, there is a person covered in plants with two other people touching them. On the bottom row, on the left, there is a close up image of a person's hands weaving a basket. On the right of this image there is an image of a field covered in cars which are smoking.
Film stills from FCPA-supported Plan for a Spell, 2001.
A film still of a snowy tree-covered mountain side overlooking a town.
Film still from FCPA-supported Limbo Land, 2001.
A black and white film still of a person wearing a jacket and jeans standing in front of a small plastic crate on a wide, expanse of wetland. In the disatnce behind them there is a town. The person looks up and to the left at something beyond the frame of the image.
Film still from FCPA-supported cell-a 2016, 2002.
A black and white film still of five people clustered around a hole and looking into it. Beside the hole there is a small crate. They stand on an expanse of wetland.
Film still from FCPA-supported cell-a 2016, 2002.
A projector on a white square pedestal faces a sepia toned image of two people standing on a wetland. The rest of the wall is black.
Installation view of FCPA-supported cell-a 2016, 2002.