Danh Vo (born 1975 in Vietnam) has two works in the exhibition that embody the interconnectedness between individual history and political systems and interests in both large and small formats. A letter that the father of the artist copies out again and again at the request of his son is a reproduction of the intimate farewell letter written by the missionary Jean-Théophane Vénard to his father in 1861, before his execution. Nearby are two fragments of the gigantic, thirty-one-ton work "We the People" (2011–2013). Danh Vo reproduced the merely two-millimeter-thin "skin" of the New York Statue of Liberty in original size in copper and then broke it up into shards. Each single part thus becomes a monument of a broken promise. Danh Vo himself: "My interest is in dreams that burst, and illusions. For governments, one aim is to keep dreams alive for people who have nothing else. That tames and controls people, when they are comforted with a better future."
(l) We The People (detail), 2011–13, Copper; Photo: Uwe Walter, © Danh Vo, Courtesy: Danh Vo, ifa
(r) 02.02.1861, 2009, Drawing, ink on paper; © Danh Vo, Cuortesy: Danh Vo