See You at Home
Filter Photo is pleased to present See You at Home, a solo exhibition of photography by Vikesh Kapoor. 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.
Although this personal narrative began as an examination of diaspora, aging and the unique duties that fall to the only son of Asian immigrants, my hope is that See You at Home will resonate with other first-generation Americans and those interested in the myth of the American identity, seeking to find place and purpose here." —Vikesh Kapoor
Vikesh Kapoor is a multidisciplinary artist from Sunset Pines, Pennsylvania, whose work examines race, class and identity as a first-generation American. His ongoing photo-based narrative, See You At Home, has received support from curators at the National Portrait Gallery, SFMoMA, LACMA, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum.Kapoor received The Hopper Prize in 2020, the PhotoNola Review Grand Prize in 2019, a Lensculture Art Photography Juror's Pick Award in 2018, and CENTER's Project Development Grant in 2018. In 2020, he received 2nd place for the PHmuseum Mobile Photography Prize. He was also a finalist for the Documentary Essay Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and a finalist for the Portrait Award presented by Head On Photo Festival. In 2019, Kapoor was a semifinalist for the Outwin Boochever Award at National Portrait Gallery and shortlisted for the Grand Prix Images Vevey Award.His photographs have been exhibited at Photo Vogue Festival, Aperture Foundation, Houston Center for Photography and SFCamerawork, amongst others. He was recently an artist-in-residence at Center of Photography at Woodstock in New York and at Latitude Chicago in 2021.
This exhibition is partially sponsored by The Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Exhibition Dates: February 18 – March 19, 2022
Location: Filter Space | 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207