A hub is the central part of a wheel that connects the axle to the wheel itself. Many expressions use the term for a literal or figurative central structure connecting to a periphery, but for Do Ho Suh, hub is more than connector tools.
By meticulously replicating homes he’s lived in as a child and adult, the Korean-born, New York and London-based installation artist speaks to ideas of migration and identity.
Hub asks spectators to ponder the connectivity of in-between spaces, such as vestibules and hallways, as a metaphor for movement between cultures and life stages. “I see life as a passageway, with no fixed beginning or destination,” explains 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 gray areas, one cannot get from point a to point b.”
At a time when transience and identity are becoming ever more important, Suh’s work is a reminder to savor each moment of life. For as we move from stage to stage, it’s often easy to lose sight of the building blocks that form our character.
Source: My Modern Met