Due to some of the most divisive family
immigration policies in the world, thousands of British families are forcibly
separated by the Home Office. As a result, they must communicate with each
other via ‘modern means of communication’, leading to the rise of what are now
being referred to as ‘Skype Families’.
C-R92/BY seeks to investigate
how one maintains a relationship with a family member who has been physically
and geographically removed from one’s life and is reduced to a two-dimensional
image; what does it mean to take the irrefutably unique and transfer it into
the infinitely replicable?
With the possibility of the artists own wife facing
deportation in the coming year, a personal reflection of Fordham’s own experience is
weaved together with those of other families, using images, documents,
testimonies and more to explore the hardships of detention, and the fight for
C-R92/BY gives voice to the suffering of
families who find themselves in such circumstances, including potentially his own; they are the unwilling players in a painful game of politics.
Furthermore, as Britain prepares to leave
the EU, this work serves as a warning to the possible futures of many
international families - and even, perhaps, to us all - as we transition ever
further into a world in which we are defined by our online presence, and build
relationships via images that appear on our screens.