Samuel Fordham

Bristol, UK

Bristol-based artist Samuel Fordham (b.1987) is a multidisciplinary artist who works with photography, text, video and sound. He has developed, primarily, a research-based practice focused on telling intimate and often hidden stories highlighting issues surrounding childhood, family welfare and equality.

Fordham’s projects are produced across platforms as installations, books and films.

Most recently, his body of work, C-R92/BY, addresses the issue of ‘Skype families’ and immigration. He seeks to investigate, initially, 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?


Key facts

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  • Solo and Group exhibitions include Fotomuseum Winterthur Plat(t)form (2020), Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery & Leeds Art Gallery (2019/2020); Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, Online; Paris Photo Carte Blanche Award, Gare Du Nord, Paris (2019); RPS International Exhibition 161, HIP Festival, Hull (2019); Pingyao International Photography Festival (2019); RPS International Exhibition 161, Municipal Gallery, Dublin, RPS House, Bristol, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham (2019); Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol (2019); Arnolfini, Bristol (2019); Tblisi International Photo Festival, Tblisi (2018)
  • Awards include Fotomuseum Winterthur Plat(t)form 2020; Paris Photo Carte Blanche Award,; Magenta Foundation Flash Forward; Kaunas Photo Star Award; Aperture Portfolio Prize; Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
  • Collections include the Government Art Collection