Dr Chandra Morrison is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in LSE’s Latin America and Caribbean Centre, where she is working on the project “New Muralism and the Politics of Erasure: A Study of Public Culture in Peru.” Chandra received her PhD from the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge, and is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Latin American Studies in the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Her research examines graffiti art and its relation to transformations of public life and urban space in contemporary South American cities. As an urban ethnographer, Chandra is involved in long-term ethnographic research on graffiti art and urban culture in São Paulo, Brazil and Santiago, Chile. She is completing a book manuscript, provisionally titled Metagraffiti: Graffiti Art, Social Order, and Urban Values in Latin America, based on a decade of working with these two graffiti communities. Prior to this, she conducted shorter periods of fieldwork on street art in the context of post-2001 Buenos Aires, Argentina, and on the social impact of drought in Canindé, Ceará in the Brazilian northeast.
Chandra’s current research centres on graffiti muralism and cultural politics in Lima, Peru, and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project builds on an interest in urban policy and cultural debates connected to recent episodes of graffiti erasure taking place across the region, a theme Chandra has written about in relation to both Santiago and São Paulo. Her research in this area explores shifting power dynamics between urban artists, the public, and the state and how this informs larger questions of public culture in Latin America.