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press: In the Studio: Danh Vo, Brandenburg

Through a body of personal work inspired by a combination of historical and political events, Danh Vō explores an inheritance of cultural conflict, trauma, and values. When Vo was a child, his family fled Vietnam and settled in Denmark: their assimilation into European culture and the political events that prompted their flight are intrinsic to his artistic investigations. His work sheds light on the relation between the inseparable elements that shape our sense of self, both through collective history and private experience. Exhibiting objects based on the idea of the readymade is a characteristic strategy of Danh Vō; by means of objects charged with symbolism that retain the sublimated desire and sorrow of both individuals and entire cultures, he examines how meaning changes context.