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Can you go home again?

Projects | June 1, 2017 | By:

Artist Do Ho Suh’s Passage/s replicates in fabric the places he has lived to create a memory of place and open up a discussion of physical space, migration, and individual and group experience. Photos: Thierry Bal.

Artist Do Ho Suh often explores the meaning of home, transience and identity in his work. His own journey, which led him from his native South Korea to New York and now London, was the inspiration for Passage/s, a recent exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery in London.

Passage/s explored the idea of home and the way in which it is both a physical structure and a lived experience. The exhibition included an 82-foot walk-through configuration of “Hubs,” a series of connected entryways and rooms that represented significant places in the artist’s life: Suh’s London home, his studio, and homes in Providence, R.I., New York and Seoul.

The colorful structures were assembled on stainless steel pipes, made of polyester fabric and stitched together to tell one seamless story. A three-channel video of Suh and his daughters walking the streets around his London home was also part of the exhibit, further exploring the idea of crossing cultural and geographical boundaries.

The exhibition also included signature architectural pieces compressed into large-scale two-dimensional “drawings” that Suh created through a unique process. Using gelatin tissue, these works, including a staircase and a gate, were sewn together like the artist’s other pieces. He then immersed them in water, dissolving the gelatin and leaving an image in which the threads appear like a skeletal framework against the colored form of the object.

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