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
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Before Immigration, 1969

© Vikesh Kapoor - Our Childhood Swimming Pool, 2016
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Our Childhood Swimming Pool, 2016

© Vikesh Kapoor - Mom's Diamonds, 2017
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Mom's Diamonds, 2017

© Vikesh Kapoor - At Fox's Restaurant, 2016
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At Fox's Restaurant, 2016

© Vikesh Kapoor - See You at Home, Date Unknown
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See You at Home, Date Unknown

© Vikesh Kapoor - In The Pantry, 2017
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In The Pantry, 2017

© Vikesh Kapoor - On Visiting Home, 2014
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On Visiting Home, 2014

© Vikesh Kapoor - Last Summer, 2019
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Last Summer, 2019

© Vikesh Kapoor - Before Immigration No. 3, 1969
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Before Immigration No. 3, 1969

© Vikesh Kapoor - Holy Fountain, 2014
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Holy Fountain, 2014

© Vikesh Kapoor - Sunday Luncheon, 2016
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Sunday Luncheon, 2016

© Vikesh Kapoor - The Bouquet, 2019
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The Bouquet, 2019

© Vikesh Kapoor - The Mantle, 2018
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The Mantle, 2018

© Vikesh Kapoor - Life in Central Park, 1972
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Life in Central Park, 1972

© Vikesh Kapoor - In The Pines, 2017
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In The Pines, 2017

© Vikesh Kapoor - For Good Luck, 2018
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For Good Luck, 2018

© Vikesh Kapoor - One Evening, 2019
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One Evening, 2019

© Vikesh Kapoor - The Family Room, 2018
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The Family Room, 2018

© Vikesh Kapoor - My Father's Den, 2018
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My Father's Den, 2018

© Vikesh Kapoor - On an Island, 2014
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On an Island, 2014