Danh Vo — Go Mo Ni Ma Da



Danh Vo
Go Mo Ni Ma Da

Past: May 24 → August 18, 2013

Appearing highly personal at first glance, the work of Danh Vo is in fact powerfully political. Neither direct nor confrontational, his practice explores the power games underlying liberal societies, the rules governing those societies, and the fragility of the nation-state idea. Built around the circulation of values, be they material, economic, symbolic or spiritual, the artist’s oeuvre reveals, too, the complexity of the interchange between peoples in the context of post-colonial society.

His installation Go Mo Ni Ma Da revolves around three groups of works:

  • We The People is a life-size reproduction of the Auguste Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty, inaugurated in 1886. Thirty copper fragments are presented in the exhibition, together with photographs taken by Bartholdi in Egypt.
  • Three chandeliers conjure up the ballroom of the Hotel Majestic, where the Paris Peace Accords between the United States and Vietnam were signed on 27 January 1973.
  • In a work referencing Théophane Vénard (1829-1861), the artist evokes the Paris Foreign Missions Society, a body of Catholic missionary priests functioning in Asia since the 17th century, and its relationship with Vietnam.

A handwritten work produced in situ by the artist’s father is also part of the exhibition.

Danh Vo’s work has been shown in major international venues. He also took part in the Shanghai Biennial in 2012. Winner of the 2012 Hugo Boss Prize, the artist is exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, until 27 May 2013. He is also showing at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

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The artist

  • Danh Vo