Posted on Nov 2, 2013

Do Ho Suh: Perfect Home Exhibition Catalogue photographed by Seoul based Photographer

Nils Clauss, a photographer based in Seoul, captures the essence of Do Ho Suh’s “Perfect Home” exhibition at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Kanazawa. The large-format catalogue is now available through Idea Books. It provides a visual journey through Suh’s site-specific installations, offering a unique perspective on the malleability of space.

Capturing the Essence of “Perfect Home”

Do Ho Suh’s lightweight artworks are created using thin and translucent fabrics. He re-create private homes and challenge the boundaries between inside and outside, public and private. Nils Clauss skillfully documents these installations, showcasing their two-sided nature—erasing specific features to make someone’s possession no one’s possession.

A Visual Narrative: Nils Clauss’s Photography

The catalogue, largely photographed by Nils Clauss in Japan, invites viewers to traverse the differing territories of contemporary society through Suh’s lens. Clauss captures full perspectives of the exhibition. He highlighs the huge houses created using transparent fabric and the intricate details of each installation.

Contributions and Context

Written contributions by curator Hiromi Kurosawa, Yoshikazu Nango, and Felicity D. Scott provide additional context to Suh’s work, delving into the ways we occupy and inhabit public space. The catalogue becomes a comprehensive exploration of Suh’s creations and their links between the individual, collective, and anonymous.

The Exhibition’s Cultural Context

The exhibition, held at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, becomes a lens through which “home” takes on new meanings. Suh’s re-creation of his original home, along with new works adapted for the museum spaces, prompts viewers to ponder the diverse values and cultural context attached to the concept of “home.”

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa: A Brief Overview

Situated in Kanazawa, Japan, the museum, designed by architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, stands as a transparent monument to contemporary art. Its circular form aims to mitigate the scale of the project, providing multiple points of entry and access. The museum, a community hub, includes galleries, a library, lecture hall, and children’s workshop.

Do Ho Suh: A Glimpse into the Artist’s World

Do Ho Suh, a Korean artist known for re-creating architectural structures using fabric, focuses on the ways architecture mediates the experience of space. The catalogue, capturing Suh’s exhibition, becomes a testament to his “act of memorialization” through photography and print.

Exploring “Perfect Home” Through Photography

Nils Clauss’s photography skillfully captures the transformative nature of Suh’s installations, making the exhibition catalogue a visual narrative of the artist’s exploration of space, memory, and cultural diversity.

184 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 32 cm, hb, Japanese/English, ISBN 9784903205403, €70.35.