Cheryl Mukherji

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Promise Me
Collection of the artist

This video portrait of the artist’s mother compiles footage from surveillance cameras that were originally installed to monitor a sick family pet. Years later, Cheryl Mukherji continues to use the device to keep an eye on her mother, who lives in India and struggles with depression.

Simultaneously documenting her mother’s tedium of daily life and the artist’s ritual of keeping watch from New York, Promise Me humanizes the act of surveillance, speaking to the nature of mother-daughter connections, migration, and aging. Reflecting on the work, the artist asks, “Am I embodying a maternal instinct but in reverse?”