LADA Screens: George Chakravarthi – ONLINE SCREENING

https://vimeo.com/channels/ladascreens/

George Chakravarthi
Barflies

Online from 12 December 2018 – 25 January 2019

Originally a three-screen installation, Barflies offers representations of different femininities embodied by transvestites and cross-dressers, the pleasures, fears and dangers of being in public ‘en femme’ and the relationship they have with the heterosexual male.

 

About Barflies

The different styles of Maureen, Claire and Jasmine signify some of the variations found within feminine identities in the transvestite/cross-dressing communities. Barflies also highlights the specificity of TV/cross-dressers in relation to public, social spaces. Many women ‘born female’ do not feel comfortable alone in bars because of the threat of unwanted attention from heterosexual men. Being out in a social space such as a bar for most TV/cross-dressers is often celebrated as a triumph, where a mixture of fear and delight may be experienced through a public expression of one’s female self.

Recorded on telephone chat-lines, the soundtrack offers an intimate undercurrent to the unedited footage. Transvestites, transsexuals, cross-dressers and their seekers engage in conversations which interlace the private, confessional and sexual.

Barflies has been screened at Site Gallery (Sheffield, 2002), Tate Modern (London, 2006) and was screened most recently for LADA’s Just Like A Woman programme for the City of Women Festival (Slovenia, 2013).

George Chakravarthi’s artistic practice spans over a decade of live performance, video installation and photography. Predominantly engaging with the politics of identity and representations of the self, the works often cross and renegotiate the restrictions of space, culture and heritage.

A limited edition print derived from Barflies (2002) is available to buy on Unbound.

Latest events

Live Art Sector Research Launch

08 Oct 2021

An online launch of the Live Art Sector Research – A Report Mapping the UK live Art Sector.

Read more

Final Transmission: Performance Art and AIDS in Los Angeles

01 May 2021

An online book launch and discussion marking the publication of the 6th issue of NS*, “Final Transmission: Performance Art and AIDS in Los Angeles”.

Read more

‘Playing With Fire’ Live Reading

24 Apr 2021

A live reading of peer to peer survivor writing organised by the artist Jet Moon.

Read more

2nd Annual Live Art Lecture by Morgan Quaintance

21 Apr 2021

The Live Art Development Agency and Queen Mary University of London are pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Live Art Lecture 2021 will be presented online by the critic and artist Morgan Quaintance.

Read more

You Have A Date: Book Launch of A Good Love Story

14 Feb 2021

An online Valentine’s Day launch of A Good Love Story by Sibylle Peters

Read more

LADA Screens: Alisa Oleva – Online Screening

01 Feb 2021 - 31 Mar 2021

LADA is delighted to present the online screening of Walking Home, Alisa Oleva’s first film, created in the context of Performistanbul’s residency programme for performance artists on theme of ‘home’.

Read more

In Other Words – Book Club

09 Dec 2020

A special online book club discussing the recently released publication In Other Words, exploring marginalisation in the UK.  

Read more

LADA Screens: Rosalind Fowler and Fourthland – Online Screening

01 Dec 2020 - 29 Jan 2021

A screening of BREADROCK, I feel like doing this a film by artist collective Fourthland (Isik Sayarer and Eva Knutsdotter) and artist and filmmaker Rosalind Fowler, originally created alongside a sculptural installation for PEER.

Read more