Travel & Design Blog - BY YASMIN METZ-JOHNSON

Monday, 20 March 2017

'PASSAGE/S' - BY DO HO SUH



Last week I made a first time visit to the Victoria Miro Gallery, it was a must on the to do list as I knew it was the last week to see Do Ho Suh’s latest art installation – Passage/s.

Suh explores ideas of identity and migration through this collection. More specifically, with his 1:1 scale installation a designed continuation of storytelling passageways.



“I see life as a passageway, with no fixed beginning or destination” – Do Ho Suh

Do Ho Suh’s work reflects the forms and interiors of spaces he once lived or spent time in. From his childhood home in South Korea, previous studio spaces to his present day apartment in London. Using a variety of vibrant colours of translucent gelatin tissue fabric over the skeletal structures to differentiate each sector Do has created a thought provoking piece for the public to interact with. Walking through the installation I resonated with the artist’s reoccurring theme and the relevance of the in-between spaces we enter to get to where we are eventually heading.



“Without these mundane spaces that nobody really pays attention to, these grey areas, one cannot get from point A to point B.” – Do Ho Suh

Something that really caught my eye was the threshold and change of dimension of all nine passageways and how the artist has played with the boundaries of public and private spaces. I also noticed the intricate detail of everything such as the fire warning plaques, electrical appliances sockets, the window lock patterns and door features. Nothing has been forgotten by the artist, everything whether consciously or not had been observed.



Again this got me thinking about the process towards any type of journey or goals we as humans set upon ourselves. These small (in-between) steps, as irrelevant as they can seem, are more important than we know. Without them where would we be? Or more correctly where would we be going?


“We tend to focus on the destination all the time and forget about the in between spaces.”



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