Danh Vo (1975- ), 08:03.51, 28.05.2009, 2009
The chandelier originally hung above a large conference table at the Hôtel Majestic in Paris where Vietnam and the USA signed the 1973 peace treaty.
In the search of a lost cultural identity
When Danh Vo was four his family fled Vietnam in a home-made boat. They were picked up on the Pacific by a Danish container vessel and brought to Denmark. In many of his works he has taken his point of departure in Vietnamese history, thereby seeking to reclaim his own partially lost cultural identity.
The collective history and the course of individual lives
As in this sculpture he often uses objects with a concrete link to important historical events. But he is also interested in how collective history in general, with all its complex exchanges between political, religious, and cultural matters, affects the course of individual lives. Just as the Vietnam war affected his own life.