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Danh Vō, ‘Ο Θεός μαύρο (Installation view)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
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Danh Vō

Ο Θεός μαύρο (Installation view), 2015

Location
Venice
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56th Venice Biennale
Venice

White crystalline Greek-marble sarcophagus fragment from Rome,
end of second century AD; The Virgin …

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Installation
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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, ‘Ο Θεός μαύρο (Installation view)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
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About the work
Exhibition history
56th Venice Biennale
Venice

White crystalline Greek-marble sarcophagus fragment from Rome,
end of second century AD; The Virgin of the Annunciation carved
from poplar wood with traces of polychrome, Italy, School of Nino
Pisano, c. 1350; silk dyed to RAL 3020 with reactive chemicals,
cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) fixed with alum and unknown
mordant.

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

Ο Θεός μαύρο (Installation view), 2015

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