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to May 30


Gallery open Wednesday to Saturday 12 PM - 5 PM

Evoking death, drama and identity, George Chakravarthi re-imagines thirteen characters in Shakespeare’s plays who met their ends through suicide.

This is the second time Thirteen has been shown outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the exhibition was originally shown.

Thirteen is a series of powerful self-portraits presented as light boxes in which Chakravarthi assumes the roles of some of Shakespeare's doomed characters, including Mark Antony, Othello, Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Cleopatra, and Romeo and Juliet. In doing so, Chakravarthi explores themes of ambiguity of gender and masking of identity, often central to Shakespeare’s plays.

Chakravarthi says, “Changing perceptions of suicide seemed fertile and contemporary territory for exploration, especially in the context of our current political history and the direct connection to Shakespeare's representation of death as an act of valour, terror, passion and love.”

Using himself as a starting point, Chakravarthi worked behind the scenes with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s costume department to dramatically reconstruct his identity and take on the guise of each character. Each image is layered with multiple textures and surfaces drawn from diverse sources including cobwebs, mould and precious stones. The result of this painstaking process is a series of complex jewel-like images mounted in light boxes, which glow with colour and rich texture, recalling stained glass, monuments or tombs.

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The Ambidextrous Universe
to May 29

The Ambidextrous Universe

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part of The Collective

Western culture has long associated the left with evil, a belief that has been reinforced by Christianity. Though it is difficult to pinpoint any specific reference to this in the Bible, the devil is depicted as being left-handed, saints are said to have refused feed from their mother’s left breast and painters of the Last Judgment depict God pointing to heaven with His right hand and to hell with His left. Eastern religions/spiritual imagery, mostly, tend to focus on union, equilibrium, balance and symmetry, aspiring to an ambidextrous philosophy.

Algorithmic, fractal and recalling spiritual architecture, this new work, (part of a new, ongoing visual research, ‘The Ambidextrous Universe’), examines the deterioration of the body caused by disease, the blossoming of recovery and the alleviation of epiphanies.

The House of St Barnabas

1 Greek Street

London W1D 4NQ

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