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Writer - Madalena Páscoa

June, 2017
Installation view, Do Ho Suh: Passage/s, Victoria Miro Gallery II, Courtesy the Artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, and Victoria Miro, London (Photography Thierry Bal) © Do Ho Suh

In his first exhibition at Victoria Miro, Do Ho Suh explores the idea of home, as both a physical and emotional place. Born in South Korea, the artist has lived in New York and Berlin, and recently moved to London. These geographical transitions serve as backdrop for Passage/s, where Do Ho Suh presents video installations, white fabric lightbox works and Hubs, a one-to- one scale version of the places in which the artist has lived and worked. Here, life is seen as a passageway, without a fixed destination – Hubs represents the journey through the transitory spaces used to connect rooms within a house, simultaneously representing every day and lifetime transitions.

Installation view, Do Ho Suh: Passage/s, Victoria Miro Gallery II, Courtesy the Artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, and Victoria Miro, London (Photography Thierry Bal) © Do Ho Suh

Replicas of doors, corridors and halls are built from stitched polyester, wrapped around a steel frame. While moving across the space, the shifts in colour transport you through Do Ho Suh’s memories, an after-glow of the past brought forward to the present. The choice of fabric as a medium is linked to the artist’s desire to carry his home around with him, as the structures can be deconstructed and moved anywhere. Passage/s makes us reflect on the concepts of identity, transition and migration, a work that is particularly interesting within the current political context – the idea of building more walls contrasting with the translucent structures of the artist’s past homes.

Entrance, Do Ho Suh: Passage/s, Victoria Miro Gallery II, Courtesy the Artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, and Victoria Miro, London (Photography Thierry Bal) © Do Ho Suh
Staircase, Ground Floor. Do Ho Suh: Passage/s, Victoria Miro Gallery II, Courtesy the Artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, and Victoria Miro, London (Photography Thierry Bal) © Do Ho Suh
Do Ho Suh Passager utställning Bildmuseet Umeå Sweden
Do Ho Suh, Wielandstr. 18, 12159 Berlin, 2011 Polyester fabric and metal armature © Do Ho Suh | Courtesy the artist, Lehmann Maupin and Victoria Miro
Do Ho Suh, Installation View, Voorlinden 2019 © Do Ho Suh | Courtesy the artist and Voorlinden, Netherlands Photo: Antoine van Kaam
Do Ho Suh, Hub, 310 Union Wharf, 23 Wenlock Road, London N1 7ST, UK, 2015 Polyester fabric, stainless steel © Do Ho Suh
Do Ho Suh, Hub, 260-7 Sungbook-Dong, Sungbook-Ku, Seoul, Korea, 2017 Polyester fabric and stainless steel armature © Do Ho Suh
Do Ho Suh, Staircase III (2003-2011), Tate: purchased with funds provided by the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee 2011 © Do Ho Suh | Photo: Antoine van Kaam
June, 2017