Through works inspired by his life experiences and historically rich readymade objects, artist Danh Vō interrogates the construction of inherited cultural values, conflicts, and displacement. Appearing highly personal at first sight, the work of Danh Vō is in fact powerfully political. Neither direct nor confrontational, his practice explores the power games underlying liberal societies, the rules governing those societies, and the fragility of the nation-state idea. When he was a child, Vo’s family fled Vietnam and settled in Denmark. His work draws on personal and historical arti¬facts that directly and indirectly touch on this experience to examine how such items are dispersed across borders or symbolize transnational movements. His family’s assimilation to European culture and the world historical events that precipitated their flight from Vietnam are also intertwined in his artistic practice; Vo’s work illuminates the entwined strands of private experience and collective history that shape our sense of self. Emerging from a process of research, chance encounters, and delicate personal negotiations, his installations unearth the latent connotations and memories embedded in familiar forms.
Danh Vō was born in Vietnam in 1975 he studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark and the Städelschule, Frankfurt. In 2012 he was the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize, New York; in 2007 of the BlauOrange Kunstpreis der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken in Berlin, Germany and in 2009 he was a nominee for the Nationalgalerie Prize for Young Art, Berlin, Germany.
His most important exhibitions includes: Danh Vō at the International Exhibition in the Arsenale of the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013; I M U U R 2 at the Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2013 and Chung ga opla, Villa Medici, Rome in 2013. Moreover he has exhibited his work in such institutions as the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (2013), the Art Institute of Chicago (2012), the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2012), the National Gallery of Denmark (2010), Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2009), Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2009) and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008).