Danh Vo (b. 1975) was born in Ba Ria, Vietnam and left the country at a young age to settle in Denmark. He is now based in Berlin. Vo is one of the most internationally well-known Vietnamese artists whose work has been shown in institutions worldwide, including Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the National Gallery of Denmark and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Hugo Boss art prize, with a subsequent solo exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York, and has participated in numerous biennales, representing Denmark in the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Vo creates conceptual installations that engage with issues of identity and belonging, influenced by his Vietnamese heritage. Taking old documents, photographs, other artists’ works, antique and ancient objects, Vo constructs artworks charged with historical and personal significance. The USA features heavily in his latest works, which explore the mutual involvement between the nation and Vo’s native Vietnam. For his recent We The People (2010-2012), he recast sections of the Statue of Liberty and shipped different parts to 15 different countries around the world. His
solo show at Marian Goodman in New York in 2013 focused on the personal affects of US Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara, the ‘architect’ of the Vietnam War, opening up a dialogue between shared and private histories.