In Southeast Asia symbolically charged, consecrated places and objects are marked with gold leaf. Danh Vo collects cardboard boxes from Vietnam, the land of his cultural origins. Used and battered, they represent their own reality. Applying gold leaf to the surface consecrates the boxes, reconciles the harsh reality with the ideal, and juxtaposes ancient traditions with today’s artistic ideals. The letters are from the Bowditch alphabet, the standard in the maritime world since 1802, which helped to streamline and boost trade between the West and Asia, thus paving the way for colonisation.
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