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"In the early years of his study in the United States, Suh gave form to his experience of dramatic 'spatial' change due to the difference in physical distance between Seoul and the United States and to the uncomfortable and unfamiliar sensations and feelings caused by such change on the basis of the idea of 'spatial migration' and 'displacement of space'. (...) This work is comprised of a life-size (12 meters in height, 15 meters in width) replica of the three-story town house at Providence, Rhode Island, which was the artist's first residence where he lived as a student in the United States in 1991 and 'Seoul Home,' a reproduction of his family's traditional-style Korean house in Seoul, hanging in the middle of the former. (...) Enveloped by the entanglement between the inside and the outside and between the private space and the public one, the viewers are fully exposed to the dizzy ambience of the surreal space where the East and the West, the past and the present and the real and the imaginary are intricately interwoven with each other."

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