See You at Home

"See You at Home" is a personal narrative that centers on family, memory, and the myth and melancholy surrounding the American Dream.

My parents, Shailendra and Sarla Kapoor, immigrated from India in 1973, settling in a small town of 10,000 people in rural Pennsylvania. They are one of only a few immigrant families in the region. While they left India for a better life, the shift from a collectivist nation to an individualistic one led to isolation just as much as it led to freedom. As they grow old in Pennsylvania with my sister and I no longer living nearby, their isolation only becomes more apparent to me.

I began making work about my family during a trip to India with my father, fifteen years ago. I hadn’t visited since I was a child, and it was my father’s first time in sixteen years. It was important for both of us. Questions of family, identity and personal history were born out of that trip and continue to inform my work and this project today.

"See You at Home" explores the dichotomy of home and homeland, freedom and isolation, collectivism and individualism, through images I make of my parents’ current life in America imbued with memories of their past.

© Vikesh Kapoor - Before Immigration, 1969

Before Immigration, 1969

© Vikesh Kapoor - Our Childhood Swimming Pool, 2016

Our Childhood Swimming Pool, 2016

© Vikesh Kapoor - Mom's Diamonds, 2017

Mom's Diamonds, 2017

© Vikesh Kapoor - At Fox's Restaurant, 2016

At Fox's Restaurant, 2016

© Vikesh Kapoor - See You at Home, Date Unknown

See You at Home, Date Unknown

© Vikesh Kapoor - In The Pantry, 2017

In The Pantry, 2017

© Vikesh Kapoor - On Visiting Home, 2014

On Visiting Home, 2014

© Vikesh Kapoor - Last Summer, 2019

Last Summer, 2019

© Vikesh Kapoor - Before Immigration No. 3, 1969

Before Immigration No. 3, 1969

© Vikesh Kapoor - Holy Fountain, 2014

Holy Fountain, 2014

© Vikesh Kapoor - Sunday Luncheon, 2016

Sunday Luncheon, 2016

© Vikesh Kapoor - The Bouquet, 2019

The Bouquet, 2019

© Vikesh Kapoor - The Mantle, 2018

The Mantle, 2018

© Vikesh Kapoor - Life in Central Park, 1972

Life in Central Park, 1972

© Vikesh Kapoor - In The Pines, 2017

In The Pines, 2017

© Vikesh Kapoor - For Good Luck, 2018

For Good Luck, 2018

© Vikesh Kapoor - One Evening, 2019

One Evening, 2019

© Vikesh Kapoor - The Family Room, 2018

The Family Room, 2018

© Vikesh Kapoor - My Father's Den, 2018

My Father's Den, 2018

© Vikesh Kapoor - On an Island, 2014

On an Island, 2014

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