Q&A: Andrew Skoda


What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Definitely the multitude of internet subcultures and communities, both alive and dead, alongside the vernacular text and image-based languages spawned within. What is it that interests you about photography? The tenderness of a moment ripped from it’s original context completely, along with the myriad of possibilities of how the image could be re-contextualized and interpreted. What is the worst thing about city life? Getting anywhere takes an absolute eternity, especially when it snows in Chicago. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Iceland and Greenland, The Black Forest, and the deserts of California. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Biomechanical Engineering or Artificial Intelligence Programming. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? When I watched a man get stabbed during a parade on my lunchbreak in 2016. I learned a lot of valuable lessons about both life and art that day. To the best of my knowledge, he survived. I wish I could’ve done more to help besides calling the police, but it was over so quickly that I hadn’t even processed what just occurred in front of me. It was almost theatrical in it’s presentation.

Which living person do you most admire? In all honesty, the strength, determination, and intelligence of my mother never ceases to amaze me. On what occasion do you lie? What is the next book you want to read? I’ve been meaning to read both Just Kids by Patti Smith for a while, but I still would love to finish the advance reviewer’s copy of 2666 by Roberto Bolaño that’s been staring at me from my desk for a few months. Ultimate camera? A Pentax 67 II with a 105mm. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? Imagine there is a device that allows anyone to say anything they desire or present any information without censorship, with a degree of anonymity. Now imagine that everyone takes it for granted to some degree, and primarily uses it within a bubble of their own creation, only allowing certain information and ideas to be presented to them. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? I haven’t needed any more yet! Are impulses more important than consequences? In general I’d say yes as long as you obey the caveat of not hurting anyone! Which talent would you most like to have? I would love to be able to paint well. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Shovel the snow from the walk, and take my weekend drive to nowhere in particular. Ingest an obscene amount of caffeine.

Andrew Skoda is an artist based in Chicago, Illinois. To see more of his work visit — Website / Instagram.