New appointments for Arts & Place MA
It’s an exciting time on campus as the new cohort for our Arts & Place MA have just started and we have two new incredible artists who have joined the teaching staff.
Dr Mohini Chandra is the new Associate Lecturer and Adam Chodzko is a visiting lecturer who will be helping to prepare students for their residencies. Arts & Place is a unique residency-based MA which allows artists and curators to develop their practice in response to place. Through collaborative residency programmes participants are offered the opportunity to expand their understanding of how place can inform and inspire their work.
Mohini Chandra’s multimedia work on the international flows of people and culture in our globalised world has exhibited around the world including the Asia Society and Museum (New York), the Queens Museum (New York), the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Whitechapel Art Gallery, and the Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne). Her work has also recently been recognised by the Hundred Heroines-Women in Photography Award and a nomination for the Jarman Film Award (2021). She recently produced a moving image work ‘Belated’, which explores the recent global pandemic within the setting of Dartington – incorporating the work of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.
For Mohini, the combination of photography, found and archival material, moving image, sound and other installation media, enables the visual expression of personal experience and a ‘mapping’ of alternate narratives within the complex conditions of globalisation.
Her work is held in international collections including the Arts Council Collection UK and included in major survey publications such as Phaidon’s Art and Photography by David Campany and Bloomsbury’s Photography in India in Light Years and Digital Times, by Aileen Blaney & Chinar Shah.
Adam Chodzko is an artist based in Whitstable, Kent. His practice explores the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour. Working across media, from video installation to subtle interventions, with a practice that moves between the gallery and wider social engagement, his work invents possibilities for collective imagination, wondering how we might perceive better in order to create deeper connections with others; what might we then transform into? Frequently rooted in the specifics of place and community, working between documentary and fantasy, conceptualism and surrealism and public and private space, Adam’s work engages reflexively with the viewer. Research contexts draw from the fields of communication, consciousness, attention, perception, disavowal, embodiment, migration, ritual, ethnography, digital technology, ecology, climate change, place, identity, history, etc.
His work has been exhibited widely, including Tate Britain, Tate St Ives, Venice Biennale, Royal Academy and the Ikon Gallery. Awards include: the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Art – New York, AHRC Research Fellowship, DACS Art360. Since 1996 Adam has been a visiting lecturer on many BA and MA Fine Art courses including Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, Slade School of Fine Art and Goldsmiths.