In Embrace she combines two photographic projects. In Gratitude showcases the food she used to make dinners for her family. Generation 1.75 is a visual memoir of identity, belonging, and the complexities of acculturation.
For Hoffman, photographing family members holding dinner ingredients turned into a tool of expressing new deep gratitude for the food. She often thought of all the effort and the hands that had touched the produce before it ended up with her family. The food also became the means of connecting with her family members and reconnecting with her Indian roots in a more profound way. As part of Generation 1.5/1.75 (a term coined by Professor Ruben Rumbaut in 1969 to distinguish those who immigrate as children from their parents who immigrate as adults), Hoffman has struggled with issues of identity and the feeling of “Otherness”.
The photographs of food and family are seasoned with Hoffman’s poetry. Her essay, ‘Not All Peacocks are Blue’, published in English and Hindi, provides a deeper look into the photographer’s background and serves as a bridge between the two projects. Embrace is a visual examination of how life’s simple pleasures expand the quality of human existence and how that expansion helps an individual to secure their identity.
Design: Caleb Cain Marcus, luminositylab.com
Essays by Paula Tognarelli and Geeta Kothari
Format: 19,9 x 25,4 cm. portrait
144 pp with approx 50 photos in full colour