Clare Park in Breaking Form: Re-Formed

Clare Park

A unique collaboration developed over two decades between Buz Williams, actor movement specialist Debbie Green and photographer Clare Park, resulted in the narrative photographic series Breaking Form: Buz and Parkinson’s. The 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. 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.

Runs: 2 November to 30 November 2018 (not 7 -14 November)
Private View: 2 November
Open: 10am -10pm daily
Gallery: Riverside Gallery, Waterman’s Art Centre, 40 High St, Brentford, TW8 0DS
Public transport: 65, 267, 237 all stop right outside. The stop is called ‘Watermans Centre’

A study of this project has been made by Buz and Debbie’s daughter, Matilda Williams. As an ethnographic illustrator she has been consciously curating the images and text from her unique position being both inside, and outside the project. The book presents a glimpse backstage, behind the lens, and behind the imagery.

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