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“Home is where the heart lays” – Simran Kaur

About Simran’s film creative portrait project: Home is where the heart lays

Home is where the heart lays” is a creative portrait project shot on film which aims to showcase the longing for a place that can be called home. People search for a place they can call home in other people’s embraces, in a secure environment, under a rooftop but home doesn’t have to be a physical place. While home is subjectively a place in which you can live, home can in addition be a state of mind and a feeling, and you can find home within yourself.

The project started because I asked myself where I felt at home. When home doesn’t feel like home the mind wanders in search of a place to be called home, but as I wondered I understood I did not belong anywhere. Born and raised in Italy with a Punjabi heritage, in Italy, I was part of racist jokes at school, and in India people that knew my parents interrogated the fairness of my skin to the point where they questioned if I used some skin lighting cream. None of these places felt like home as people always questioned my identity. I always had a rooftop, but emotionally I never found a home not even in my mother’s embrace.

The project does explore the understanding of what is home, but it also considers my personal journey of finding myself within a place I can call home.

Credits: (Instagram)

  • Photographer: @simran_k_01
  • Model: @xppka

About the Author:

Simran Kaur is a surrealist still life and creative portrait photographer and artist currently based in London. She is Punjabi and she was born and raised in Italy

Simran’s main objective is to make the viewer’s dreams come true by creating intriguing setups, but she also creates mental health and environmental awareness with her experimental photography. At the same time, she also creates dreamlike abstract visuals to make the viewer explore another reality.

Simran Kaur gets inspired by people’s dreams and visions, but her childhood memories also inspire her to create various projects. To keep her childhood memories alive she started doodling digital and traditional illustrations which helps her to understand how she feels about those foggy memories of her childhood.


This piece is part of Issue Two: CHRONOS. Read more like it here.

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