Patrick Charpenel, Magalí Arriola, Virgilio Piñera, Mark Godfrey, Patricia Falguières, Francesco Pellizzi, Tom McDonough, Mexico, 2016.
Hardcover, 224 pp., color and black and white illustrations throughout, 10.5 x 7.5 x 1 inch.
Danh Vo [ Wād al-ḥaŷara ] is the first exhibition in a Latin American Museum to thoroughly examine Danh Vo’s work and career. The exhibition was held at Museo Jumex and it is accompanied by a catalogue.
With over twenty key pieces that span a period of five years of artistic and intelectual development, the exhibition presented Vo’s anthropological research, in which he establishes his own relationship with Vietnam, the United States, and Mexico through a critical and historical perspective.
Born into a family that embraced the Catholic faith and escaped from Vietnam to take refuge in Europe, the artist’s work addresses the dichotomy between Asia and Europe, between global capitalism and real socialism, between conservative regimes and liberal politics. By strategically recycling objects loaded with history, Danh Vo transcends the practice of the readymade to enter a more complex space in which memory plays a vital role.