For his installation Autoerotic Asphyxiation, Dhan Vo has done away with the walls to reveal what usually remains hidden in a museum: tubes, cavities and wiring. His action is symbolic, and reflects the artist’s entire work. Each time he exhibits an object, Dhan Vo invites us to discover its hidden history, its journey through the world. He seems to be saying that in order to get to know something, it’s important to go beyond their appearance. In fact, the visitor has to open the curtains to see what’s behind. The photographs in this installation were taken in Vietnam in the 1960s by Vo’s friend Joseph Carrier. They show young people, all of the same sex, showing fraternal attitudes of friendship and affection. The photographer was gay but having enrolled with the American army, he had to hide his sexual identity. He couldn’t believe it: in Western culture, these ambiguous gestures had to be hidden, but in Vietnam they were simply signs of friendship that could be shown without concern.