Nguyen Trinh Thi

Nguyen Trinh Thi is a Hanoi-based filmmaker and artist. Traversing boundaries between film and video art, installation and performance, her practice currently explores the power of sound and listening, and the multiple relations between image, sound, and space, with ongoing interests in history, memory, representation, landscape, indigeneity, and ecology.

The artist, wearing sunglasses and headphones, holds a recording device in her outstretched hand. In the background village wooden huts.

Nguyen Trinh Thi records environmental sounds at a Jarai cemetery, Gia Lai province, Central Highlands, Vietnam, 2020, photo: Jamie Maxtone-Graham, courtesy the artist

Nguyen uses montage to compose her work, drawing on different image media, from her own audio and visual recordings to found footage and still images from postcards, photography, newsreels, Hollywood films and ethnographic footage. She is also interested in incorporating new media into current works, including organic materials and natural forces.
Nguyen studied journalism, photography, international relations and ethnographic film in the United States. Her films and video art works have been shown at festivals and art exhibitions, including 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contempory Art, Brisbane (2018); 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018); International Film Festival Rotterdam (2016); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2015); CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (2015); 13th Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale (2015); Asian Art Biennial, Taichung (2015); 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2014); 4th Singapore Biennale (2013); 15th Jakarta Biennale (2013); and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2011, 2012). In 2009, Nguyen founded Hanoi DOCLAB, an independent center for documentary film and the moving image in Hanoi. In 2015–16, she was a fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.

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