Hattie Godfrey-36hr Performance

Hattie Godfrey invites you to an intimate performance in Belfast City Centre. A performance which is ever evolving, growing and changing hourly, an experience you will never forget.

As part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2021 performance artist Hattie Godfrey will present her most challenging piece of work to date, a 36 hour performance in Belfast City Centre. It will be open to the public from Thursday 2nd- Saturday 5th September from 8pm-6am. Whilst weekend revellers are heading to socialise with friends in the bustling Cathedral Quarter, they are invited to stop and take a few moments of reflection and engage with the artist’s work in the new Flax Project Space on North Street. Hattie’s work will actually be the first piece of work displayed in this space.

Godfrey’s work questions how, both individually and collectively, we conceptualize and engage with illness. She is particularly interested in the role of institutions in causing, caring for and curing physical and psychological conditions.

Godfrey states “Both the body and the institution are at their most unruly and unstable after sundown. The cover of night creates a hunting ground filled with stale, heavy-hanging time.”

Each act of her most recent work, Put Into Flight begins at sundown and eases at sunrise. The work casts illness as a form of supervisory staff, a single authority that oversees work, play and sleep. Consisting of three acts over three consecutive nights, this 36-hour performance offers a window into the artist’s fluctuating relationship with illness. We see as she denies its existence, surrenders to its power and attempts to escape its confinement. Chase, Capture,  Escape.

The opportunity to see such ground-breaking work up close and personal is very rare in Belfast City Centre, we encourage everyone to grasp this one-off opportunity to visit the piece, make your own reflections and reactions and then revisit to see if there has been any further developments which may open your eyes and take your breath away.

Find out more about Hattie’s performance at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival at cqaf.com/hattie-godfrey/

About Hattie Godfrey

Hattie Godfrey is a Belfast based performance artist, writer and researcher whose work primarily considers her own and society’s increasingly complicated relationship with concepts of ‘care’. Methodologically, Hattie uses performance, interactive installation, writing and film in the restaging and ‘unpacking’ of personal and collective episodes of psychological and physical suffering, until they are either fully understood or fully exhausted. What emerges is a surreal yet detailed catalogue of human experience and emotion. Hattie’s key focus is the development of alternative languages for describing episodes of suffering; believing that by actively engaging in dialogue surrounding our own experiences of suffering, we can begin to understand, reclaim and make aesthetically significant, what was previously painful.

Hattie graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in BA (hons) Fine Art in 2018, receiving first class honours and Queen’s University Belfast in Msc Psychological Science in 2020, receiving distinction. She was recently selected as the Bbeyond New Commission Artist, is a studio holder at Flax Art Studios and is the creative director and co-founder of Figure This Life Drawing, a Belfast based life drawing company promoting body positivity, inclusiveness and explorative drawing for all experience levels.  Find out more about Hattie’s work here:www.hattiegodfrey.com

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