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"Third Sex: Work by George Chakravarthi"
2002-08-03 until 2002-09-07
Site Gallery
Sheffield, , UK United Kingdom

Award-winning artist George Chakravarthi directs, choreographs and performs in work that explores his childhood in India, his Catholic upbringing within a Hindu culture and his sexuality.   Through live performance, video and photography, Chakravarthi addresses the joys and struggles of being a gay Asian male.

Featuring his latest commission, Bar Flies, this exhibition brings together his most recent work which raises issues of identity and sexual politics.  All three videos, examine the artists other personalities, through the highly charged dance performance in Remotecontrol, the silent and emotional portrayal of a crying/laughing man in Genesis and the three transvestites in Bar Flies.

 All question Chakravarthis deconstruction and recreation of his self image.   In the new work, Bar Flies,  the lives of three women, each performed by Chakravarthi are recorded as they tranform into their other selves. The video triptch follows the adventures of these three very different ladies in bars, pubs and clubs. Running simultaneously is a soundtrack, created by Chakravarthi, playing each character, exchanging and weaving conversations with other transvestites and their seekers on a chat line. Through this work and the other videos in the exhibition, the artist seeks  to tease out our perceptions, excitements and fears of the third gender.  


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