Lot 29: Binh Danh

Young Monk of Cambodia, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Archival inkjet print
22.25 x 18 inches
Series: Collecting Memories
Open edition
Signed recto ink
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value

BIO: Binh Danh received his MFA from Stanford University and has emerged as an artist of national importance whose work investigates his Vietnamese heritage and our collective memory of war, both in Vietnam and Cambodia. He developed a process for making chlorophyll prints, by which photographic images are embedded in the flesh of leaves. His newest body of work focuses on the daguerreotype process. Danh’s work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the George Eastman Museum, and many more. He is represented by the Haines Gallery in San Francisco and the Lisa Sette Gallery in Scttsdale, Arizona.

STATEMENT: Binh Danh collects photographs and other remnants of the American-Vietnam War and reprocesses and represents them in ways that bring new light to a complicated, multivalent history. While Danh left Vietnam with his family at a young age, return trips to the country have profoundly influenced the development of his work. Collecting Memories features daguerreotypes, daguerreotype books, color photographs, tables displaying historic artifacts, and an installation of chlorophyll prints, which together examine the different ways that Danh investigates history and memory. Danh illustrates his interest in both contemporary and historical forms of photography by presenting us with a series of daguerreotypes, a photographic process dating back to the 19th Century. Danh uses a combination of found images from the American-Vietnam War with his own photographs from recent visits to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. The juxtaposition of the past and present illustrates Danh’s belief that history is very much alive in the present landscape. By confronting the a ermath of war, Danh creates an opportunity to examine history through enduring memories. www.binhdanh.com

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