Give Me a Reason to Live. Claire Cunningham (UK). Photo: Ben Nienhuis

Give Me a Reason to Live. Claire Cunningham (UK). Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Give Me a Reason to Live. Claire Cunningham (UK). Photo: Maria Falconer

Give Me a Reason to Live. Claire Cunningham (UK). Photo: Maria Falconer

Give Me a Reason to Live. Claire Cunningham (UK). Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Give Me a Reason to Live. Claire Cunningham (UK). Photo: Maria Falconer

Give Me a Reason to Live. Claire Cunningham (UK). Photo: Maria Falconer

Give Me a Reason to Live

Claire Cunningham (UK)

In a starkly beautiful work of transcendence and struggle, Claire Cunningham delves into the work of medieval painter Hieronymous Bosch to explore religion, religious art and the judgment of souls and bodies. 

 

Give Me a Reason to Live draws upon imagery of disabled people in Bosch’s apocalyptic paintings to question our present perspectives on “otherness” and “difference.” As in much of Cunningham’s work, the performance is rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance technique.