Chandra

Criticism

RITES OF PASSAGE

by Marika Vicari

His body, a white canvas, in which it is possible to enroll new signs, becomes a personal tool of critical reflection. There is a short distance between the body and body gestures and so his actions become a radical tool of introspection and expression turned towards the public.
An artist Chandrasekaran, known to the public as a performer since 1983 uses different media (collage, painting, sketch, installation, performance) to create and involve himself in a discussion . Ritual, performances, order, disorder, dialogue, space, movement and prossemica are the constituent elements of his artistic research.
The exhibition named Rites of passage it reflected not only to the Chandrasekaran's personal artistic research, but also at the terms, introduced by Arnold Van Gennep on 1909, after the observance of how, during the ritual events, the man change his social status. According to van Gennep, rites of passage have three phases: separation, liminality, and incorporation.
In Chandrasekaran artwork the key point of research and analisis is the passage as border and in the other hand the trespass as selected materials where he works, his body, or as in this case long canvas made with mixed media.