Evoking death, drama and identity, George Chakravarthi re-imagines 13 characters in Shakespeare’s plays who met their ends through suicide.

Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this is the first time his exhibition, Thirteen, will be shown outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Thirteen, running at Bradford’s Impressions Gallery from March 20 to June 14, is a series of powerful self-portraits presented as light boxes. Delhi-born Chakravarthi works with performance and photographic imagery to explore and challenge assumptions of gender, sexual and racial identity.

In Thirteen, he assumes the roles of some of Shakespeare’s doomed characters, including Mark Antony, Othello, Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Cleopatra, and Romeo and Juliet, exploring themes of ambiguity of gender and masking of identity, often central to the plays.