Trapped in heaven is a sculptural calligraphic curtain that is intimately intertwined with one of the artist's most profound artworks, a heartfelt collaboration with his father, Phung Vo.
In his quest for spiritual fulfilment, Phung Vo hand-copied a loving farewell letter dating back to 1861. This melancholic yet serene letter was originally written by the missionary and French Saint Théophane Vénard, while he awaited execution for heresy in a Vietnamese prison. Through repetition, he turned this letter into a form of prayer and an artwork.
Engaged in his father’s work, Danh Vo visited Théophane Vénard's birthplace, a country house in rural France, and stumbled upon a quote on the walls: