Binh Danh, ‘View from Bernal Heights Summit, San Francisco, CA (#3)’, 2014, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

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Binh Danh’s technique incorporates his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis. Danh's work is held in the collections of SFMOMA; Philadelphia Museum of Art; the deYoung Museum; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY; among many others. In 2012 he was a featured artist at the 18th Biennale of Sydney in Australia. He is represented by Haines Gallery in San Francisco and Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona. He lives and works in Tempe, Arizona, and teaches photography at Arizona State University.

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About Binh Danh

Leaves serve as the canvas for Binh Danh, who uses a natural photographic process known as chlorophyll printing—one that entails placing a negative over a leaf and exposing it to sunlight for a few days until, through the process of photosynthesis, the green pigments darken into a ghostly monochrome image. The leaves are then preserved in a block of resin. This method is particularly well-suited to Danh’s reconstruction of fragmented memories of his family’s struggle through war in Vietnam. Although he was too young to remember first-hand the horrors of war, he intuits the suffering and death his family experienced and communicates that sense of loss through haunting images that represent his family history. Banh describes his artwork as a religious practice, “coming up with my own concept of what is life, what is death, what is consciousness, and what is history.”

Vietnamese American, b. 1977, Vietnam