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A woman with black hair in a running vest with a number on it holds a leaf on a tree, with sunlight behind her.

Adam Chodzko - The Valley Unfurls its Song

Film and sound. Meadow Arts commission, 2021. Film still courtesy the artist.

A photograph printed on fabric of a classical statue wrapped in plastic hangs amongst  trees in a woodland

Adam Chodzko - The Valley Unfurls its Song

Production still. Film and sound, Meadow Arts commission, 2021

A photograph printed on fabric of a classical statue wrapped in plastic hangs amongst  trees in a woodland

Adam Chodzko - The Valley Unfurls its Song

Production still. Film and sound, Meadow Arts commission, 2021

A woman with black hair in a running vest with a number on it holds a leaf on a tree, with sunlight behind her.A photograph printed on fabric of a classical statue wrapped in plastic hangs amongst  trees in a woodlandA photograph printed on fabric of a classical statue wrapped in plastic hangs amongst  trees in a woodland

The Valley Unfurls its Song

Film and sound

Meadow Arts commission, 2021

Dotted all along the edges of the wooded Fishpool Valley, a number of low-lying stone slabs bear the carved words “To the View”, with a delicate arrow pointing the visitor in this, or that direction. Some are covered in vegetation and others are barely readable, but the intention is there: get to the view! Only, what. will happen once you get there? Adam Chodzko’s newly commissioned film proposes views that exist beyond the constraints of time and even place, although the setting is most definitely the Picturesque valley. He presents a surreal floating, flowing, uncanny perspective, impossible for a human body to attain.

In different locations along the valley, three women are immersed in the trees, plants and earth. Although they appear connected through participation in some event in the Valley, their relation to each other is mysterious. Do they know each other? Are they present in the same time frame? Are they even perhaps the same person? Sometimes they call to each other across the sides of the valley. Are they lost, or intentionally disappearing into the landscape? The calls echo across the ‘bowl’ of the valley and are themselves lost to the silence.

Click on the image below to watch the Valley Unfurls its Song.

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Adam Chodzko

Adam Chodzko (based in Whitstable, Kent, UK) explores the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour by investigating the space of consciousness between how we are and what we might be. Working across media, from video installation to subtle interventions, with a practice that is situated both within the gallery and the wider public realm, his work invents possibilities for collective imagination, wondering how we might perceive better in order to create better connections with others? What might we be becoming?

Working between documentary and fantasy, conceptualism and surrealism and public and private space, Chodzko engages reflexively with the viewer; the work appears to ‘make itself’ through the act of looking. His practice turns everyday personal experience into ‘science fictions’ or ‘speculative fictions’ following a path in the present towards its alternative realities, its hyperstitions.

Recent and current exhibitions include; A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; The Botanical Mind, Camden Art Centre, (2020); Towner International, Towner Eastbourne, (2020); Being Human, Wellcome Collection (2019-’30); Televistas, More Than Ponies (2020); Die Sonne does not shine like Słońce, Trafostacja Sztuki, Szczecin, Poland (2020). International solo exhibitions include: Because...,Tate Britain (2013); Proxigean Tide, Tate St Ives, (2009); We are Ready for your Arrival, Raven Row, London (2013); Adam Chodzko, Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (MAMBo) (2009); You’ll See, this Time it’ll be Different, The Benaki Museum, Athens (2013). Past group exhibitions include: Athens Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Venice Biennale; Royal Academy, London; Deste Foundation, Athens; PS1, NY; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Kunstmuseum Luzern. Commissions include: Creative Time, New York, The Contemporary Art Society, Wellcome Trust, Frieze Art Fair, and Hayward Gallery. Awards include the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Art - New York, AHRC Research Fellowship and DACS Art360.

www.adamchodzko.com