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Danh Vō, ‘Lick Me Lick Me (Installation view)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
Danh Vō, ‘Lick Me Lick Me (Installation view)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
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Danh Vō

Lick Me Lick Me (Installation view), 2015

White crystalline Greek-marble torso of Apollo, Roman workshop, c. first–second century AD; wood; nails
8 3/10 × 12 3/5 × 19 1/10 in
21 × 32.1 × 48.5 cm
Location
Venice
About the work
Exhibition history
56th Venice Biennale
Venice

Title excerpted from lines delivered by the demon in
The Exorcist (1973).

Title excerpted from lines delivered by the demon in
The Exorcist (1973).

Medium
Installation
Image rights
Photo by Alex John Beck for Artsy.
Danh Vō
Vietnamese and Danish, b. 1975
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Danh Vō’s conceptual works explore themes of appropriation and fragmentation, incorporating his experience as a Vietnamese-born Danish citizen and consistently using his own life as material. In a commentary on the practice of changing and rearranging immigrants’ names on arrival in their new home countries, Võ married and divorced several people in rapid succession in order to add their surnames to his own. He titled the work Vo Rosasco Rasmussen (2002-) after two of his spouses. Vō’s We the People (2011) is a scrupulous replica of fragments of the Statue of Liberty for which the artist took pains to ensure the same copper hammering technique. The resulting hollow pieces were exhibited spread out on the floor of a gallery space, highlighting the unexpected fragility of the original statue, visible in the thinness of its material. Vō won the Hugo Boss Prize in 2012.

Danh Vō, ‘Lick Me Lick Me (Installation view)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
Danh Vō, ‘Lick Me Lick Me (Installation view)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
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About the work
Exhibition history
56th Venice Biennale
Venice

Title excerpted from lines delivered by the demon in
The Exorcist (1973).

Title excerpted from lines delivered by the demon in
The Exorcist (1973).

Medium
Installation
Image rights
Photo by Alex John Beck for Artsy.
Danh Vō
Vietnamese and Danish, b. 1975
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Danh Vō’s conceptual works explore themes of appropriation and fragmentation, incorporating his experience as a Vietnamese-born Danish citizen and consistently using his own life as material. In a commentary on the practice of changing and rearranging immigrants’ names on arrival in their new home countries, Võ married and divorced several people in rapid succession in order to add their surnames to his own. He titled the work Vo Rosasco Rasmussen (2002-) after two of his spouses. Vō’s We the People (2011) is a scrupulous replica of fragments of the Statue of Liberty for which the artist took pains to ensure the same copper hammering technique. The resulting hollow pieces were exhibited spread out on the floor of a gallery space, highlighting the unexpected fragility of the original statue, visible in the thinness of its material. Vō won the Hugo Boss Prize in 2012.

Danh Vō

Lick Me Lick Me (Installation view), 2015

White crystalline Greek-marble torso of Apollo, Roman workshop, c. first–second century AD; wood; nails
8 3/10 × 12 3/5 × 19 1/10 in
21 × 32.1 × 48.5 cm
Location
Venice
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