- PhMuseum Days 2021 Open Call
Dates2018 - Ongoing
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’. Is this a new beginning to multi-national family life?
C-R92/BY seeks to investigate how one shares 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?
Throughout the making of this work my own wife faced deportation, and a personal reflection of my own experience into this potential 'new beginning' 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 my own; we are the unwilling players in a painful game of politics.
Furthermore, with Britain's exit from the EU, this work serves as a warning to the new beginnings of many international families - and even, perhaps, to us all - as recent global events transition us ever further into a world in which we are defined by our online presence, and build relationships via images that are shared on our screens.