Thursday, 01.03.2012


Artist Talk
Rein Wolfs in conversation with Danh Vo
Danh Vo, Rein Wolfs

The relationship between curator and artist is the most decisive and probably most complex factor in the development of an exhibition project. Notions like trust, accomplishment and responsibility are keystones in the strengthening of this relationship. The curator is profiling his exhibition program, is choosing the artists, is setting up the best possible spatial, financial, physical and other necessary conditions and is responsible for the mediation of the artistic message. In a small series of talks, Rein Wolfs (Artistic Director of Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel/Germany) will invite artists who hold a strong and specific position in the force-field of curating.

Danh Vo, WE THE PEOPLE (Detail), Foto: Nils Klinger

Danh Vo (1975, Vietnam, resides 2012 in Basel) presented in his solo-show JULY, IV, MDCCLXXVI at Kunsthalle Fridericianum among other pieces a duplicate (original technique of hammered copper; original size and weight) of the Statue of Liberty, entitled WE THE PEOPLE. The exhibition touched fundamental questions in terms of production, finances and logistics, next to more philosophical and political questions. After the show in Kassel, parts of WE THE PEOPLE (will) appear in other exhibition spaces (New Museum New York, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Art Institute and Renaissance Society Chicago, etc).

Danh Vo discusses with Rein Wolfs the 'Making of WE THE PEOPLE' and the different questions being evoked by this seminal piece.

A conversation organised by The Postgraduate Programme in Curating, ZHdK.

Posted by Stefan Wagner