Signs Of A Struggle (2002)

Commisioned by Fotonet South, Signs of a Struggle looks at the phenomena of the New Town and The Garden City Movement. Inspired by Ionesco and his absurdist play, Les Tuers Sans Gages, the work reveals a forensic narrative at the heart of an ideal.The series also questions the flaws and generics within photographic representation.

From the age of three Clare Strand was brought up in South Croydon.At the age of eight she visited the New Town of Crawley for a family day at a sports centre  from there she developed a keen interest in trampolining. When Strand was fourteen a family friend moved with her boyfriend to a wide but shallow terraced house on the New Town of Crawley, Broadfield Estate. Six weeks after their arrival the couple separated due to irreconcilable differences.

In the same year (1986) the remains of a body were found in the New Forest. Strand watched the Crimewatch UK appeal with interest, the murder had taken place on the Crawley, Broadfield Estate and in a wide but shallow terraced house.
The New Town of Crawley is perfectly sandwiched between Strand’s home town of Croydon and her current home in Brighton.
Traveling up and down the A23 she passes the Crawley turn offs numerous times and is reminded of trampolining, family days and wide and shallow murders.

Signs of a Struggle is housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum collection.