Spotlight on Belfast: Performances by Sinéad O’Donnell & Hugh O’Donnell
Violence is in Me by Sinéad O’Donnell
Invert Two by Hugh O’Donnell
FADO Performance Art Centre urges you not to miss this evening of new performance works from two artists in N. Ireland’s new generation of performance artists, Hugh O’Donnell and Sinead O’Donnell, in an evening we are calling Spotlight on Belfast.
The two O’Donnell siblings have often created performances together. However, in their premiere Toronto performance works, each artist inhabits a different physical – and emotive – space in the gallery. The work of both artists is exemplified by deeply personal image-making manifested in direct response to site, and a provocative use of (and relationship with) their chosen materials. For Sinéad the materials are a stack of white dinner plates as tall as herself and a khaki green army helmet. For Hugh, these materials are salt, a paint tin full of milk, fresh liver frying in a pan, a single football shoe, a woman’s purse and a pair of gold earrings. Two words are painted on the wall INVERT STOIC? and his black t-shirt declares the word PATH on the back.
© Hugh O’Donnell, Invert Two, 2010. Photo Henry Chan.
Flying Porcelain and Burning Liver: The Contested Spaces of Sinéad and Hugh O’Donnell
By Emma Doran
“Sibling performance artists Sinéad and Hugh O’Donnell both live and work in post civil war Northern Ireland, an area imprinted by civil upheaval. The works both artists presented referenced this—the tumultuous past of their home country—decades after the most severe violent incidents, revealing the perennial endurance of trauma.”