Thejaswini Chandran

Thejaswini Chandran's photo-series PERMISSION is a visual exploration of the subject of passports, visas and mobility inequality. Through portrait, still life and architectural photographs, Chandran reveals the fragility and yet, tenacity of the concept of citizenship in the modern surveillance state.

Thejaswini Chandran


Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I don't know. And that's a good thing, I think.

What is a good design for you?

One that is functional but has quirk.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

The first year of the Coronavirus pandemic. I felt like the world was ending and when classes and assignments carried on as usual I experienced burn-out and dissociation.

Who or what inspires you?

Kind of a problematic fave, but I'm loving Andy Warhol right now. Another more consistent inspiration in my life has been Wes Anderson and his cinema. I love art that uses comedy to challenge and subvert the cultures we all accept as norm.

How do you approach a new project?

Idle and think. Read and write stuff down. Rinse and repeat.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Studying art is a lot of time spent alone. Learn to love yourself.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I expanded my world-view. Living alone for the first time in a foreign country was a coming-of-age experience.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

Because I love medium of photography.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Final submissions week

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

Take a nap, have a party. Not sure in which order.

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