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Danh Vo Presents: A Haven for Diverse Ecologies

2021 - ongoing

Danh Vo

Image: Danh Vo at his studio farm in Güldenholf, Photograph by Thomas Cato. Courtesy the artist.

Humans have long turned to gardens for cultivation, serenity and enlightenment. Throughout the ages, gardens have stood as restorative, nourishing, necessary havens — reminding us of their enduring importance for humanity.


With a continued interest in engaging audiences as spectators of growth and time, world-renowned artist Danh Vo has embarked on the creation of Station Haven, a garden over time, and The Potato Field, a community project in Nivå, Denmark, as part of The Nivaagaard Collection year-long artist commission Danh Vo Presents.


Arising from the discussions about this period of history overshadowed by our current ecological crisis, Danh Vo has initiated, together with ART 2030 Director Luise Faurschou, Michelin Chef and Food Activist Christian Puglisi, and Biodiversity Professor Carsten Rahbek, the two collaborations exploring time, farming, the interconnected nature of life on this planet, as well as our definitions of beauty, importance, and value.

Haven

Photo: Nick Ash.

In 2021, Danh Vo embarks on the permanent installation Station Haven in a small plot of land situated next to Nivå’s train station, to be developed over the next decade in collaboration with The Nivaagaard Collection. Informed both by the scientific input of Professor Carsten Rahbek and the artist's inquiry into biodiversity, Station Haven will transform the empty plot of land into a beacon for natural biological diversity.


Building upon the existing forms of life within this terrain, the refuge will allow audiences and the local community to witness nature flourish over time. By creating a space to reconcile with nature, Vo explores how we cultivate the seeds that we plant before they fully blossom.

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Photos: Nick Ash.

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Image 1-4: The Potato Field, 2021. Photos: David Kahr. Courtesy The Nivaagaard Collection.

The Potato Field


In The Potato Field, the cross-disciplinary investigation led by Christian Puglisi, collaborators take the potato as an icon to prompt both individual and communal reflections on the many facets of our daily lives the potato touches upon. From the state of our agricultural systems, perspectives on conscious consumption, to our ability to cultivate from diversity.


Over the three month process of planting, cultivating, and harvesting over 30 various types of potatoes, the community of the Nivaagaard Collection and its surrounding town of Nivå are invited to explore the importance of biological, socio-economic, and political diversities for sustainable environments and futures, as well as the intersecting ecologies of different forms of life.


Following the planting of the potatoes in May, an educational program for local schools and community groups alongside a series of seminars, hosted by the museum throughout June and July, will offer visiting audiences and the local community opportunities to engage in issues around biodiversity, equality, sustainability and more.

Artist Bio

Portrait of Danh Vo. Photo: David Heald. Courtesy the artist.

Danh Vo's practice emerges from personal relationships and fortuitous encounters, exploring objects and images that have accrued shifting layers of meaning in the world and time. Born in Bà Rja, Vietnam, in 1975, his family fled the country in a homemade boat when Vo was four years old, the vessel was rescued at sea by a Danish freighter. Vo’s works have been exhibited worldwide at institutions including The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2020); South London Gallery, UK (2019); the Guggenheim, New York; Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Copenhagen, Denmark; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; CAPC-Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France (all in 2018). Vo was awarded the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize in 2012.

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