About the exhibition
The exhibition Hip Hip Hurra marks Vo’s first solo representation in Denmark. The festive title applied to the works on display deliberately plays with – and challenges – the most basic and simple definitions of identity and the personal. The exhibit comprises seven works, six of which are all-new.
Combining Collective History with Personal Experience
Danh Vo’s dramatic, personal history; the element of chance that established the family’s link to Denmark; and the question about how identity is shaped by/affected by/subordinated to overarching cultural and political situations – all this has infused Danh Vo’s work. His sculptures are made out of things that point back to the past with hushed insistence while also pointing ahead towards entirely new, unexpected meanings, links, and contexts. These are fragments of a past that starts out as his own, but which soon turns out to be connected to a far more wide-ranging history.
Objects as history
In many of his works Danh Vo materializes to aspects of Vietnam’s complicated history, thereby also seeking to reclaim his own, partially lost cultural identity. To Danh Vo, history as such – with all its complex exchanges between political, religious, and cultural entities and relations – is reflected in individual life stories. In his works, collective history is crossed with personal memory – often quite literally in the form of the objects used to compile his sculptures.