George Chakravarthi was born in New Delhi, India. He was brought up as a Catholic, schooled by one of its rigorous teaching brotherhoods - yet, because of other family influences, he also absorbed both Hindu and Buddhist philosophies. This childhood, filled with a complex, multi-cultural trinity of deities, icons and belief systems, didn't particularly affect or disconcert him until his move to England at the age of ten. Settling in the UK wasn't so much a re-location as a dislocation, triggering an ongoing process of exploration which now informs his work.
The analysis of identities permeates his self-portraits, which deconstruct learned and socially accepted definitions of gender, sexual and racial identity; the intense scrutiny of his personal experiences challenging those received wisdoms.
Chakravarthi’s self-portraits consistently offer intimate access to his psyche, eliciting the viewer’s musings and conclusions through live, photographic and video works.
As a multi-disciplinary artist, he draws inspiration from a diverse range of cultures, histories and identities. Specific public sites and private spaces are integral, as are biographical and collective social histories. His own physical presence throughout the works has been vital in creating dialogues about visibility, race and queer identities. Difficult cultural spaces and institutes often act as platforms to reveal fresh discourses about histories and heritage.
He has performed and exhibited nationally around the UK at venues including Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Site Gallery, and internationally in Germany, Spain, Norway, Netherlands, Austria, USA and India.
He has been has been commissioned by the BBC, Artangel, INIVA, The Arts Council of England, The British Council, SPILL Festival of Performance, The Live Art Development Agency, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
He has studied at The University of Brighton, The Royal Academy of Arts and The Royal College of Art.
He was ‘Thinker in Residence’ at The Live Art Development Agency.
George Chakravarthi lives and works across London and Cambridgeshire.
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