Danh Vo: untitled
19 Sep – 24 Nov 2019

Danh Vo, untitled, 2019. Installation view at the South London Gallery, 2019. Photo: Nick Ash

Everything connects. Things cleave apart and together. Vo sucks you in. What a wonderfully engaging, disarming and alarming artist he is. I cannot recommend his work enough.
I liken Vo’s works to migratory birds that, while only ever observed in a single location, carry with them the innumerable journeys upon which they have previously embarked. They are not creatures that perform their movement but embody it, store it, accrue it as they accrue meaning that they will one day transfer to another.

The South London Gallery presents the first major solo exhibition in London by Danish artist Danh Vo (b.1975, Bà Ria, Vietnam). Vo has engaged numerous collaborators to co-create the works with him, from his father, friends, lover and professor, through to gallery technicians and a group of local children visiting his Berlin farm. He has also incorporated works by other artists and designers into his own work which thereby becomes an expanding and diversifying series of experiments, questioning what happens if he brings one set of elements together, then another, and another.

This expansive project continues Vo’s internationally-acclaimed conceptual practice, in which he weaves together archival fragments and personal references, often evoking experiences of migration and integration.  Through research, acquisition and replication, Vo convenes in his work a cast of individuals personally implicated in historical events that intersect with his own biography.  The first solo show to span the SLG’s Main Gallery and Fire Station building, the project also includes siting an outdoor work by Isamu Noguchi on Pelican housing estate and a collaboration with Art Block, the SLG’s free space for local children.

This exhibition contains works that some viewers may find offensive and unsuitable for children.

Glow-in-the-dark view

Each Wednesday evening, the Main Gallery descends into darkness for 15 minutes to reveal an alternative side of Danh Vo’s installation untitled. Join us at 8pm to experience Peter Bonde’s glow-in-the-dark paintings, as part of our weekly Wednesday late openings (6-9pm).

Exhibition view

Danh Vo, untitled, 2019. Installation view at the South London Gallery, 2019. Photo: Nick Ash
Danh Vo, untitled, 2019. Installation view at the South London Gallery, 2019. Photo: Nick Ash
Installation view of Danh Vo: untitled at the South London Gallery, 2019.
Photo: Nick Ash
Danh Vo, untitled, 2019 (detail)
Installation view at the South London Gallery, 2019
Courtesy the artist. Photo: Nick Ash
Danh Vo, Photographs of Dr. Joseph M. Carrier 1962–1973, 2010
Installation view at the South London Gallery, 2019
Courtesy the artist. Photo: Nick Ash
Danh Vo, Photographs of Dr. Joseph M. Carrier 1962–1973, 2010 (detail)
Installation view at the South London Gallery, 2019
Courtesy the artist. Photo: Nick Ash
Danh Vo, Aconitum souliei, Inflorescence portion / Lilium souliei, outer and inner tepel / Anemone coelestina var. souliei, flowering plant / Rosa soulieana, fruit / Aconitum souliei, cauline leaf / Anemone coelestina, basal leaf / Anemone coelestina, carpel / Luzula rufescens, flowering plant / Anconitum souliei, upper cauline leaf / Anemone coelestina, basal leaf / Anemone coelestina, flowering plant / Rosa soulieana, fruiting branch / Lilium souliei, distal portion of flowering plant / Nepeta souliei, flowering plant / Rosa soulieana, flowering branch / Cerasus fruticosa, fruiting branch / Cerasus tomentosa var. souliei, fruiting branch, 2009 (detail) and Danh Vo, 2.2.1861, 2009
Installation view at the South London Gallery, 2019
Courtesy the artist. Photo: Nick Ash
Danh Vo, Untitled, 2018 (detail)
Installation view at the South London Gallery, 2019
Courtesy the artist. Photo: Nick Ash
Félix González-Torres, “Untitled” (Portrait of Julie Ault), 1991. Collection of Julie Ault. Roni Horn, Asphere, 1988/1995. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Corita Kent, now you can, 1966 and James Benning, number matrix, after Kaczynski, 2019. Collection of Danh Vo (left to right)
Installation view at the South London Gallery, 2019.
Photo: Nick Ash
Isamu Noguchi, Play Sculpture, 1975–76
Installation view on Pelican Estate, 2019
Collection of Danh Vo. Photo: Nick Ash