Samuel Fordham


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 family life.

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.