Recipient of the Hugo Boss Prize 2012, Danish artist Danh Vo (b. 1975, Bà Rịa, Vietnam), dissects the public forces and private desires that define the individual experience.
His work addresses both cultural and political themes explored through an intimate and personal narrative. In fact the artist calls this experience “the tiny diasporas of a person’s life.”
Danh Vo arrived in Denmark at the age of four.
He and his family fled Vietnam on a boat built by Vo’s father. Hoping to reach the USA, the family was picked up by a Mærsk vessel in the Pacific Ocean and ended up in Denmark.
Vo is a graduate from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Städelschule in Frankfurt.
Vo has presented solo shows across the world, including at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2018), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofìa, Madrid (2015-16); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2015) and Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2014–15). In 2015 he represented Denmark at the Venice Biennial.
Emerging from personal relationships and fortuitous encounters, Vo’s projects take their final form as objects and images that have accrued shifting layers of meaning in the world, whether through their former ownership, their proximity to specific events, or their currency as universal icons.