Stories & Projects

In Collaboration with Bildmuseet: Passage/s with Do Ho Suh


The artist Do Ho Suh visited Umeå School of Architecture for a lecture in connection to the vernissage of his exhibition at Bildmuseet.

"I see life as a passageway, with no fixed beginning or destination," says Do Ho Suh. "We tend to focus on the destination all the time and forget about the in-between spaces. But without these mundane spaces that nobody really pays attention to, these grey areas, one cannot get from point a to point b."

Artist Do Ho Suh is interested in architecture as physical and mental spaces, in how we organise and experience the space around us and, in doing so, how we attempt to understand the world and ourselves. Inspired by his peripatetic life, Do Ho Suh has worked for a long time with the idea of the home as both a physical space and a lived experience. He reminds us that however far away we move, we always carry our home with us. In our minds, we can always re-create the spaces where we have spent our lives.

In his artworks, Do Ho Suh has carefully documented the architectural spaces where he has lived and worked - his childhood home in South Korea and apartments and studios in New York and London - in order to then meticulously reproduce them in full scale as visually striking, sculptural works of art. In transparent fabric structures, he brings to life experiences of mobility and change, of crossing boundaries and moving between different mental spaces and states.

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Emelie El-Habta, Administrator at Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå University

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