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EXHIBITION: Breaking Form: Re-Formed - Clare Park

2 November 2018

FROM REAL TO SACRED by Clare Park copy

© Clare Park

A photography exhibition by AOP Member Clare Park.


HOLD IT! FIGHT-FLIGHT-FREEZE 2004 photograph by Clare Park© “The starting point for a new sequence of pictures may have been a garment or a gesture but the images often took on more than one meaning; we may have intended one thing and discovered another three, despite the increasing constraints of Parkinson’s and five children between us, or sometimes because of them.”


A unique collaboration developed over two decades between Buz Williams, General Manager of Waterman's when it first opened in 1984, his wife, actor movement specialist Debbie Green and photographer Clare Park, resulted in the narrative photographic series Breaking Form: Buz and Parkinson’s.


Buz had been diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's in 1979. The photographic imagery derived from the collaborators’ shared professional backgrounds of theatre, dance and movement. The pictures and words provided a context in which Buz could communicate in his inimitable style. By placing himself in the public sphere and gaze, he found a sense of power and self-recognition at a time when control was diminishing in his everyday life. After more than 30 years of living with Parkinson's, Buz died in 2014.



FROM REAL TO SACRED 2009 photograph by Clare Park© “The intimacy and tenderness of this portrait, enhanced by the details specific to Parkinson’s, hopefully extend outwards to remind people of the universality of our human condition.” This image won the Royal Photographic Society’s 153rd International Print Exhibition gold medal 2010 and the winning print is now part of the V&A RPS permanent collection.


Since then, Clare and Debbie have continued working together to create one photograph each month inspired by their lives as friends and artistic collaborators. Breaking Form: Re-Formed emerged as an evocation of their realities - losses and frailties, curiosity and optimism – and as a final salute to the transformative spirit of Buz.


Waterman's Art Centre, Riverside Gallery, 40 High St, Brentford, TW8 0DS, from November 2 to 30 (excluding 7 to 14), 10.00 to 22.00 daily.

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