In his conceptual artworks, Danh Vo often draws on personal experience to explore historical, social and political themes, charting the relationship between our inner selves, our desires, and the forces at large that determine them.
Vo addresses a central concern in his diverse production; that the self is an inexorably fluid construct, shaped not only by individual experience but also by random chance, reality and myth, past and present. Through installation, performance, sculpture, drawing, film and photography, he reconfigures an understanding of ownership and authorial status, highlighting the inherent discrepancies and fissures that exist within personal identity. He has said ‘I see myself, like any other person, as a container that has inherited these infinite traces of history without inheriting any direction. I try to compensate for this, I’m trying to make sense of it and give it a direction for myself.’
Danh Vo was born in 1975 in Bà Rja, Vietnam and currently lives and works in Berlin and Mexico City. He represented Denmark at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and participated in the International Exhibition of the Biennale in 2013. Solo exhibitions include Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France and Guggenheim Museum, New York (2018); White Cube, Hong Kong, National Gallery Singapore, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2016); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2015); Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2013); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013); Art Institute of Chicago (2012); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2012); Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2009) and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008). In 2015, Danh Vō co-curated ‘Slip of the Tongue’ with Caroline Bourgeois at the Punta della Dogana, Francois Pinault Collection, Venice (2015). He was the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize (2012) and awarded the ARKEN Art Prize, Denmark (2015).