|Next Meeting: The foyer of the Hagens Hotel, Måløy, Sogn og Fjordane, on the island of Vågsøy…
Lithographic print on paper, B2, on hoarding
Ballymun Dublin 11,
For the Next Meeting series Chodzko uses tourists’ ‘amateur’ images, recorded on 35mm slides from a large archive he has amassed, taken on their travels in the 1950’s – early 1980’s, and juxtaposed them with travel directions to particular locations (that might potentially function as a meeting place), from tourist guides published during this same period. Although the details of these directions were accurate at the time of publishing, Chodzko now chooses them because at least parts of them have become obsolete, names have changed, businesses have altered etc. Chodzko selects the images according to their capacity to show some evidence of ‘amateurism’; a wonky angle or a strange composition, and also to show some evidence of their time via clothes or car design and even evidence of political change, but also the film quality itself in terms of colour, grain and degradation.
Each work in this series has just one location in the world where it is exhibited in a remote but public place. So, there’s the place of the image, the place of the text, and the place of the flyposting with the dialogue between them catalysed by their disparity of association.
These images are taken to show the photographer/tourist’s proximity to a place (as a deferred performance to their friends and family, once home).