Janette Parris launches a new animated film Hatfield Conversations this Autumn on campus and at Hatfield library. Following intense research in situ over the summer, Janette will create a new visual portrait of the town’s communities, places and activities, accompanied by a soundtrack composed by the artist. This snapshot of Hatfield will celebrate everyday life, seeking to make visible what is usually hidden and overlooked.
Taking up residence in the town for a number of weeks, Janette will embed herself by sitting in cafes, shopping in Asda, visiting the library, attending community group meetings and participating in events like ‘Clean up Hatfield’ walks. With affection and poignancy, Janette’s animated portrait will capture local stories and protagonists, fictionalising them to make relevant comments and observations about the state of this Hertfordshire town, and perhaps our entire nation in 2017.
The Hatfield Conversations film will be screened concurrently at the two venues. At UHGalleries, the new work will be contextualised with an exhibition of related films, drawings and publications, demonstrating the consistent themes and motifs across Janette’s practice.