Danh Vo: An Interview

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2019 | 01:05:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Interviews, On Art and Artists, Single Titles

Tags: Conceptual Art, Interview, Performance, VDB Interviews, Visiting Artists Program

Danh Vo is a Vietnamese-born Danish conceptual artist, currently living and working between Berlin and Mexico City. His large installations often deal with issues of personal identity and belonging. In conversation with Norah Taylor, an art historian specializing in South and Southeast Asian art, Vo discusses his upbringing, career, and what led him to become an artist.

"Vo’s art is also filled with moments of loveliness and provocation. He is as much a provocateur as he is an aesthete. He can be sexy, sly, funny, harrowing and heartfelt, and some of his motifs – lines taken from William Friedkin’s 1973 demonic possession movie The Exorcist, or the last letter of a Jesuit missionary, written on the day of his execution in Vietnam in 1861 – recur often enough to make us feel that there is an ongoing narrative at work. The sacred and profane, guilt and redemption play their part."

— Adrian Searle, The Extraordinary Artefacts of a Vietnam Escapee, The Guardian, September 2019

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