I just want to know my daughter better
C-type photograph on paper on aluminium2018
About the work
This particular work looks into my mental state of constantly returning to videos of my wife and daughter in a vain hope to feel closer to them in some way, but ultimately never being satisfied emotionally or physically. It seemed apt to communicate the cold and silent hand of technology through the camera.
The title came from a speech from an applicant who had been deported and couldn’t see his daughter anymore. All of the image titles in the project are verbatim. I wanted to bring in the voices of others into the work, but in a less visual way.
About the artist
Born in Guildford, Samuel Fordham is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and sound. Fordham’s work considers personal and collective identities through structures of image distribution, engagement and meaning. He first studied at the East 15 Acting School, London (2005-8), followed by an MA in European Classical Acting, Drama Centre London, London (2008-9), and an MA in Photography, University of the West of England, Bristol (2017-19). His work has been selected for awards and exhibitions including the AOP Emerging Talent Award (2020); Paris Photo Carte Blanche (2019); Magenta Foundation Flash Forward (2019); ‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries’, Leeds Art Gallery and South London Gallery (2019, 2020); and ‘Foundations’, Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol (2018). Fordham lives and works in Bristol, and alongside his practice, is course leader on the BA (Hons) Documentary Photography and Print provision in Bristol for boomsatsuma / The Royal Photographic Society.
Samuel Fordham (1987 - )
- I just want to know my daughter better
- C-type photograph on paper on aluminium
- height: 100 cm; width: 80 cm
- Purchased from New Contemporaries, January 2020
- New Contemporaries, London UK; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 7 January 2020
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