C-R92 / BY by Samuel Fordham talks about smart-family in time of Brexit.
The author draws on his personal experience following the deportation of his wife and child from the United Kingdom, a country that today employs one of the most divisive family immigration policies in the world as a result of which thousands of British families are forcibly separated by the Home Office. Families who consequently have to connect through "modern means of communication" and which are so-called "Skype Families".
Fordham's project represents a meditation on long-distance relationships kept alive thanks to the use of technology in a world in which our presence is increasingly characterized by two-dimensional images shared on digital screens that give rise to new forms of interaction. The author combines photographs, documents and testimonies of others which are interweaving with his personal history characterized by the physical absence of close family members and seems to wonder what it means to take the irrefutably unique and transfer it to the infinitely replicable.
The work also wants to give voice to the difficult situation in which many families find themselves in similar circumstances, often aggravated by the rise of nationalism and the raising of bureaucratic walls resulting from some recent policies.
(Uk, 1987) Fordham is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and sound. Holding an MA in Photography at UWE Bristol, Samuel has developed research-based practice focused on telling intimate and often hidden stories highlighting issues surrounding childhood, family welfare and equality. His work has been selected, shortlisted and nominated for awards including AOP Emerging Talent Award, Paris Photo Carte Blanche, Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Grand Prix Images Vevey and C/O Berlin Talent Award. Alongside his artistic practice, Fordham is course leader on the BA Documentary Photography and Print provision in Bristol for boomsatsuma / The Royal Photographic Society.