Passport-size Portraits (2014)
This is a collage piece that I created for an exhibition on the H-1B visa curated by the Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project. The exhibition was hosted by the Twelve Gates Arts gallery in Philadelphia from January 18 - February 28, 2014, and is now available online via Google Cultural Institute.
“Passport-size Portraits” consists of twenty-three photographs of the artist taken across two decades, between the ages of fourteen (1993) and thirty-three (2012).
The photographs were taken in the process of applying for various required immigration documents such as passports, visas and work authorization. They span school, college, graduate school, jobs and travel. Countries represented include India, the United States, Singapore, England, Spain, France, Canada and Japan.
These photos are tiny windows into one immigrant’s journey.
Smithsonian.com: What It Means to Live Life Working in the U.S. on a Visa
Incluseum: On the 25th Anniversary of the Creation of the H-1B visa, a New Digital Exhibit Launches
The American Bazaar: H-1B visa exhibition at the Smithsonian