Vikesh Kapoor Honorably Mentioned

May 21–Jun 23, 2019
Online Exhibition

"We are now in an age of turbulent national discourse on immigrants’ rights and who is truly American. My ongoing project, 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. Although they left India for a better life, like many immigrants from the East, 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 both my sister and I no longer living nearby, their isolation only becomes more apparent to me. See You At Home explores this dichotomy using images of their current life in America imbued with memories of life back in India."

-- Vikesh Kapoor

Participating Artist

  1. Vikesh Kapoor is an artist born in Sunset Pines, Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of CENTER’s 2018 Project Development Grant for his ongoing photo-based narrative, See You At Home. This project has received support from curators at National Portrait Gallery, SFMoMA, LACMA and the Andy Warhol Museum. Selections from this body of work exhibited at Aperture Foundation in April 2019. Kapoor is currently an artist-in-residence at Center of Photography Woodstock, New York. His photographs have been featured in The Guardian, Libération, The Boston Globe and Bullet Magazine, amongst others. Kapoor has studied with Kathy Moran of National Geographic, Alex Webb of Magnum Photos and Jim Estrin of The New York Times. In 2013, Kapoor released his debut album, The Ballad of Willy Robbins, to critical acclaim. His songs have been highlighted by The New Yorker, The Guardian, Interview Magazine and Rolling Stone. Rough Trade awarded his debut one of the Best 100 Albums of the Year. In 2010, Kapoor had the distinction of performing an original song during Howard Zinn's memorial service alongside Noam Chomsky and prominent civil rights activists at Boston University. He resides in Los Angeles, California.

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