A project selected for the open voting of the Bird in Flight Prize ‘19 special nomination Panasonic Readers’ Choice Award
Samuel Fordham, United Kingdom
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
With the possibility of the artist’s own wife facing deportation in the coming year, Fordham
weaves together a personal reflection of his own experience with those of other families, using images, documents, testimonies and more to explore the hardships of detention, and the fight for family life.