Sam Jury


Sam Jury’s work explores the psychological and social implications of being a spectator or consumer conditioned to technologies that separate us from reality.

Her use of digital processes is intrinsically bound to mass media and the veracity of what we see presented to us in photographic or filmic imagery. In an image saturated age, comprehension of reality, memory and experience is perpetually mediated by our daily absorption of visual information. The apparent truth of any event, experience or likeness is now in the realms of uncertainty, and raises a debate in relation to the social and aesthetic norms of `Realism’. Jury’s work seeks to explore the fissures in contemporary realism – the tension between concrete presence and illusionist reference.

Jury’s images originate from documented performances or directed actions, often sited in overwhelming or unsettling environments, and yet in a context that is ostensibly nostalgic. Visually her work explores the connection between film and painting whilst simultaneously re-imagining the past’s view of the future or reinventing the present view of the past and frequently blurring the boundaries between.

Through the process of editing, she deliberately eschews linear narrative by presenting a compressed or ‘panoptic’ image created by combining a multitude of moving and still imagery to form one single work; using photography and video as a means of absorbing the world at large.

Thematically these concerns are split between constructed scenes of repetition/ritual/performance and oversized ‘portraits’ made of multiple identities that negate any attempt to either represent or create a specific likeness. In both cases, the human presence is simultaneously a ‘blank’ without identity and a hybrid or ‘every-person’ that is both someone and no one.


Far From All Is Near, 2010 – 13, video with sound, duration 3 minutes 33 seconds –