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S. CHANDRASEKARAN

b. 1959, Singapore
Lives and works in Singapore

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists S. CHANDRASEKARAN

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists S. CHANDRASEKARAN

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists S. CHANDRASEKARAN

 

Unwalked Boundaries, 2016

Mixed media: metal hooks, metallic headband and etching on ceramic boards
Dimensions variable
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2016 commission

Building on Chandrasekaran’s exploration of body and identity, this installation – in the form of “an intention to walk” – focuses on the thousands of Indian convicts who, from 1825 to 1873, were transported to Singapore and served their sentence as manual labourers. The installation consists of a metallic headband that bears the artist’s national registration identity card (NRIC) number, a set of six hooks, and a road map etched onto ceramic boards. These are preparatory materials for a walk-performance in the Bras Basah-Bugis area – Singapore’s cultural and heritage precinct, and also the former location of the convict prison. The objects lie in a glass reliquary, waiting to serve as accessories for the artist, who would personify a nineteenth-century Indian convict. They point to the artist’s intended role as embodied conscience, highlighting the awkward gaps in Singapore history where the convicts’ contributions have been long overlooked.