George Chakravati

To the Man in My Dreams

Madame Jojo's and Comptons of Soho
30 October 2006 - 01 November 2006

To the Man in My Dreams is a collection of letters between someone who calls himself ‘Father’ and his offspring ‘George’. In each letter, the identities of the writers change, their stories seem stranger and more unfinished. Is George more than one person? Is he a man? Is ‘daddy’ his real father? When were these letters written? And were they ever sent? 

George Chakravarthi developed To the Man in My Dreams in collaboration with members of SW5, London’s advice and information service for male and transgender sex workers at the Terrence Higgens Trust. The letter writing project emerged during workshops led by Chakravarthi as a form of imaginative role-play where identities could be swapped and recreated. He also invited contributions from visitors to bars and pubs in Soho and readers of QX and Boyz magazines. The only rule was that each letter should be between ‘Father’ and ‘George’.

The project was completed over the course of an ordinary pub evening, when Chakravarthi wrote the last letter from George to Father. A live video transmission of the performance was projected nearby. People were invited to watch as he wrote, read the collection of letters, speak to the artist and add their own letters to his archive. Chakravarthi then presented a memorial to that last letter as a new work titled Also Known as John.


Image: George Chakravati during his letter writing performance at Comptons of Soho, London, 2006. Photograph: Thierry Bal 

Nights of London

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Nights of London

Running for just over a year, Nights of London was a thread of projects exploring the nocturnal life of the city. It ran through cinemas and galleries, was hosted on websites, burned onto CDs, written into letters, performed in nightclubs and broadcast via radio channels, before concluding in an old East End town hall that – for one night only – was filled with bat experts, musicians, cabaret artists and paranormal researchers. We heard stories from the unorthodox side of nightfall. We learned about ways of life that, despite their physical proximity, are all but invisible to most of us, most of the time.

Nights of London projects include:

Night Haunts

Nick SIlver Cant Sleep

NightJam

When Night Draws in

To the Man in My Dreams

Radio Nights

About George Chakravarthi

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George Chakravati

George Chakravarthi was born in New Delhi, India. He was brought up as a Catholic and moved to England at the age of ten. Chakravarthi considers much of his work to be a series of ‘self portraits’. As a multi-disciplined artist he draws inspiration from cinema, art history, fashion photography, the personal and the collective. Although much of the works are autobiographical, their sensitivities and emotive images make them highly compelling and accessible. In past works he has depicted himself as Bollywood film stars, Saint Sebastian, a silent crying figure in Genesis and an androgynous fashion icon in Remotecontrol.

He has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally in venues, galleries and museums including Site Gallery, Sheffield, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Tate Modern, London, Mousonturm, Germany, Tilburg Dance Academy, The Netherlands and The Queen’s Gallery, India. He lives and works in London.

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Images: Multiple portraits of George Chakravati (left). Courtesy: the artist. Chakravati during his letter writing performance at Comptons of Soho, London, 2006 (above). Photograph: Thierry Bal 

Credits

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Who made this possible?

Credits

Artangel is generously supported by Arts Council England, and by the private patronage of The Artangel International CircleSpecial AngelsGuardian Angels and The Company of Angels.


 

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