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Show: Peter Watkins’ The Unforgetting at the Webber Gallery

“It’s a story that starts at its end, in death. We have an evocation of a life which has been lost, which then becomes another kind of life, one whose presence or absence is conjured up in various states of remembrance.” So says Tim Clark, editor-in-chief of the online magazine 1000 Words, who has curated an exhibition of Peter Watkins’ series The Unforgetting at Webber Gallery. It’s a highly autobiographical piece of work, showcasing photographs and sculptures produced after a long inner exploration of a traumatic loss. On the 15th of February 1993, Watkins’ mother walked from Zandvoort beach into the North Sea, to her death. The heart of the artist’s project is his reconciliation to that loss, through an examination of their shared German heritage. “This is a work that explores the machinations of memory in relation to the experience of trauma,” says Watkins. “The culmination of several years work, The Unforgetting is a series made up of remnants, as well as the associated notions of time, recollection and impermanence, all bound up in the objects, places, photographs, and narrative structures …

2017-06-29T12:23:20+00:00

Peter Watkins’ photographic exploration of his late mother

“I had no revelatory introduction to photography,” says Peter Watkins. “I used to walk around the streets photographing people and detritus just like anyone else with a camera, until eventually I got bored making photographs in this way. The revelation really came for me when I realised that photography was essentially about everything: philosophy, sociology, history, language, religion and politics.” The London-based photographer completed an MA at the Royal College of Art, following a degree at university of Westminster, which he says, “knocked him into shape”, with its emphasis on writing and theory. “I suppose what attracts me most to Peter’s recent work is the way it engages with some elemental questions about photography and the relationship between part and whole, form and expression,” says one of his lecturers at Westminster, Eugénie Shinkle. “As single images – formal studies – his photographs have a kind of monumental clarity about them. Bound together in a series, they’re transformed into something lyrical and occult. This tension is compelling.” In 2013, Watkins finished working on the series The Unforgetting, a project relating to his …

2015-08-27T17:34:42+00:00

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