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White Cube Hong Kong
2016.09.07 Wed - 2016.11.12 Sat
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White Cube Hong Kong 50 Connaught Road Central
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Danh Vo at White Cube Hong Kong
[Press Release]

White Cube is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by artist Danh Vō. This is the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery and his first solo presentation in Hong Kong; the exhibition is organised by Mathieu Paris, Director, White Cube. Consisting of over 600 mammoth fossils from the late Pleistocene period and a carved ivory figure from the 17th century, Vō suspends these materials from the ceiling throughout the gallery, including its corridors and stairwells. This installation was first presented at the Crystal Palace, Reina Sofia, Madrid as part of his exhibition, Banish the Faceless / Reward your Grace (2015).

Press Preview and Artist Talk:
You are cordially invited to join the press preview and artist talk at White Cube Hong Kong.
Date: Tuesday 6 September
Time: 3pm (registration from 2.45pm)
Venue: White Cube Hong Kong, 50 Connaught Road

Artist’s Background:
Born in Vietnam and brought up in Denmark, Danh Vō’s conceptual artworks and installations often draw upon elements of personal lived experience (his own, the lives of his parents and other family members) to explore broader historical, social or political themes, particularly those relating to the history of Vietnam at the close of the twentieth century.

Born in 1975, the year that marked the end of the American Vietnam War, Vō’s family became the victims of the Cambodian-Vietnamese War that broke out immediately afterwards. They fled the country in a homemade boat when Vō was four years old; he has no memories of his early childhood in Vietnam. The vessel was rescued at sea by a Danish freighter, the nationality of which determined the fate of the refugees – the ramifications of this random encounter are reflected in the role that chance and coincidence continue to play in Vō’s practice. Frequently comprised of documents, photographs, found objects (with emotional or historical significance), lettering or appropriations of works by other artists, Vō’s installations often address issues relating to identity and belonging, authorial status, ownership and the role of personal relationships. He is particularly interested in the discrepancies between myth and reality, between the past and the present, and between the identities and histories imposed upon him by others and those that he creates for himself.

Danh Vō was born in 1975 in Bà Rja, Vietnam and is currently a resident of Mexico City. He represented Denmark at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and participated in the International Exhibition of the Biennale in 2013. Solo exhibitions include the Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2015); Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (2013); Guggenheim Museum, NY (2013); Art Institute of Chicago (2012); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2012); Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2009) and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008). He was the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize (2012).