CJ Chandler

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CJ Chandler (b. 1992, Makhanda) is a South African photographer, artist and educator. Through his practice he aims to investigate the photographic medium while focusing on chance, process, ritual, identity and the everyday.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town. He was a Tierney Fellow for 2017. In the Fall Semester of 2019 Chandler worked with Stephen Shore on an academic exchange at Bard College in upstate New York, USA. In 2021 he completed his MFA through HFBK Hamburg, Germany, under Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. He is currently teaching photography part time at the Michaelis School of Fine Art while pursuing his personal practice.


Paintings of Horses – group show, Under Projects, Cape Town, SA
the twist of a knee – published by Skinnerboox, Italy


Hiscox Kunstpreis – group show, HFBK, Hamburg, Germany


SUTURE – group show, Goethe-Institut, Paris, France
umlungu – Graduate Exhibition, HFBK, Hamburg, Germany
Selected Work: SEND ME AN IMAGE, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany


DAAD – Scholarship in the Field of Fine Art
Between a Pillow and a Plank of Wood – group show, HFBK, Hamburg, Germany
Oppenheimer Memorial Trust – International Masters Scholarship


Shortlist: Skinnerboox Book Award for the twist of a knee
Selected Work: Forum 050: Der Grief  – Public/Private, Munchner Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany
ASA Exchange Scholarship, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA
the twist of a knee – solo show, Kowie Brake and Clutch, Makhanda, SA


Edge of a Thread – group show, Eclectica Print Gallery, Cape Town, SA


Tierney Fellowship
Marked – group show, Eclectica Print Gallery, Cape Town, SA
Michaelis Grad Show – group show, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, SA


Dean’s Merit List for Academic Achievement
Simon Gerson Prize
By Way of Hand – group show, Cape Town School of Photography


Collective Noun – Group Show, The Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town
Lunchbox – group show, The Eye, Cape Town
Sasol New Signatures    Finalists’ group show, Pretoria National Gallery