Do Ho Suh: Passage/s: Victoria Miro
16 Wharf road, In North London seemed like it was the last point in London to me, as it took me almost an hour to get there because of the traffic and upsetting weather. When my impatient self finally found the 16 Wharf road, I was absolutely stumped because I had no clue which building it was, as they all looked alike and the entrance door was slightly hidden in between brick walls along with the sign.
Entering the gallery, the spaciousness and silence of the visitors observing the signature architectural pieces compressed into 2D drawings of Do Ho Suh gave me a sense of calmness. In order to move on to the next section of the gallery, we had to walk out then into the patio with beautiful greenery along the path drawn with carpets. On the third floor, the one-to-one scale bright translucent fabric structures stood out. Being an interactive structure, walking through the translucent structures gave visualised Suh’s idea with more meaning. The one to one scale structures shapes ideas about migration, transience and shifting identities. Inspired by his nomadic life, Suh replicated the architectural characteristics of the places he lived or worked in, in order to form the idea of home being both a physical structure and a lived experience (Do ho Suh: Passage/s, 2016). The idea is then taken further where the transition and connection of spaces between rooms with corridors is a metaphor about movement between cultures and the blurred line of public and private, but also reflecting on Suh’s own life and the experience of living in several countries and developing roots(Do ho Suh: Passage/s, 2016).
The gallery was worth visiting, mainly for being interactive. The passage between each structure was a new concept that’s not used very often and therefore it made Do Ho Suh’s work unique. Its a great place to take pictures for all the bright colours make wonderful photographs. Also, the details and effort that are put into each structure was captivating. Since I was in Victoria Miro anyway, I checked out the other gallery; Parasol unit, Tschabalala self. The portraits were contemporary and used Fabric, flashe, and acrylic paint.
Do ho Suh: Passage/s (2016) Available at: https://www.victoria-miro.com/exhibitions/501/ (Accessed: 26 February 2017).