About Danh Vo


Vo was born in Vietnam in 1975. Together with his family he fled the country in 1979 in a boat, organized by his father. The vessel was intercepted by a Danish container ship in the Pacific, this led to their eventual settlement in Denmark. As in several of Vo’s works, there is a strong biographical element to this work’s narrative. At the same time, his works transcend this personal element and often addresses more general issues such as  the production of historical narratives and the role objects play in producing and confounding national myths.


Vo’s works are often inspired by his own experiences and often include ready-made objects, which, through the context of a particular exhibition, become part of a particular historical narrative. Thus Danh Vo deconstructs, interprets, and reinterprets our shared history in surprising and innovate ways. He examines dominant values, historical conflicts such as colonialism, migration, and cultural collective memory and their cross-border existence.


Danh Vo is currently a resident of Mexico City. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (1998 - 2002) and Städelschule in Frankfurt (2002 - 2005). He has had solo exhibitions in museums and institutions such as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Accademia di Francia in Rome, the Renaissance Society of Chicago, the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Kunsthalle Friedericianum in Kassel, Kunsthalle Basel and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 2012, he won the Hugo Boss Prize. This award was followed by a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York in March 2013. That same year his work was included in the Venice Biennale.