- DCA (Fine Arts) Curtin University of Technology, Australia
- MA (Visual Arts), Curtin University of Technology, Australia
- BA with Distinction (Fine Arts), Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Dr S Chandrasekaran (Chandra) is an internationally renowned performance artist who is documented in the annals of Singapore art history for his pioneering work in performance art in Singapore in the 1980s. He was Singapore’s first Young Artist Award recipient for Visual Arts.
While having an illustrious career as an artist, Chandra is also an accomplished academic with 18 years of teaching experience in the field of arts education. He has taught drawing, painting, art photography, installation, new media, performance art, art theory, psychology of art, art history, Southeast Asian art history and aesthetics.
As a performance artist, Chandra investigates how the ‘body’ has to negotiate its presence with past narratives and how it redefines its presence as a socio-cultural being in today’s contexts. His interest lies in researching the context of Asian aesthetics in relation to contemporary art practices in Southeast Asia.
Chandra’s doctorate from Curtin University, titled Locating Self through Performance Art, explores the cultural complexities in performance art and is a critical inquiry into Asian aesthetics in relation to the notion of body.
As Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asia, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, he initiated cross-disciplinary studies with an emphasis on Southeast Asian aesthetics. He is also founder and artistic director of Biological Arts Theatre (BAT) and founder of the Art Fission Company.
Chandra has received many significant awards – including arts scholarships, conference grants, academic scholarships and awards. He has represented Singapore in major exhibitions such as the Havana Biennial (Cuba), 1st Asia Pacific Triennial (Brisbane), Asia-Pacific Performance Art Festival (Canada) International Performance Art Festival (Poland), 49th Venice Biennale and 8th Festival of Contemporary Art (Slovena).
Chandra has been commissioned to work on public artworks, such as for the World Sculpture Park at Changchun, China and the Little India MRT station, Singapore. The work titled Bioalloy and Body Performance was nominated for the APBF Signature Art Prize (Singapore) in 2003.