Perambulator is an ongoing walking artwork with prams. In this 2021 version of the work, I performed a series of walks in the pandemic-empty City of London with my 3-year-old in the pram. Together we enacted and re-enacted moments of parental performance exploring the conjunctions between our bodies, our mobility tools and the finance-dominated topography. Thinking about the Pram as a body extension, a tool for walking (further, faster) with a baby or small child we documented the stops and starts and getting stuck, the repetition and attention to detail: touching stuff, poking fingers in things and through things, climbing, licking. The work was made in correspondence with the artist Claire Hind, who conducted simultaneous walks in Ravenscar North Yorkshire.
Clare Qualmann is a London-based artist working across disciplines: from drawing and sculpture to performance, photography and live-art events (often in the form of walks). Everyday routine, the ordinary and unnoticed and the meeting of the personal and the political are sources of inspiration. Perambulator is an ongoing project that takes an auto-ethnographic standpoint to explore gendered spaces, maternal narratives and shifting identities, inequality and mobilities. Clare is a founder member of the Walking Artists Network, and continues to facilitate its development. In 2016 she curated WALKING WOMEN with Amy Sharrocks, a programme of events at Somerset House in London, and at Forest Fringe in Edinburgh, designed to forefront the work of women using walking in their creative practice.