Nguyễn Trinh Thi

Exhibiting at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Chapter.

To read the excerpt from “A Tale for 2000 ”, referenced at the
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery exhibition, click on this link.

Nguyễn Trinh Thi (b 1973, Hanoi) is a Hanoi-based filmmaker and artist.

Credit: Filmmaker and artist, Nguyễn Trinh Thi - Credit Quoc Nguyen

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, ecology, and the unknown.


The works of Nguyễn Trinh Thi have been shown at international film festivals and exhibitions including the Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art (APT9) in Brisbane; Sydney Biennale (2018); Jeu de Paume, Paris; the Lyon Biennale (2015); Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial (2014); and Singapore Biennale (2013). Most recently, in 2022, her mixed-media installation, And They Die A Natural Death, was exhibited at Documenta 15 in Kassel, Germany (2022). 

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Nguyễn Trinh Thi 3D Tour

Traversing boundaries between film, installation and performance, Nguyn Trinh Thi explores the power of sound and listening, and investigates the role of memory in the necessary unveiling of hidden or displaced histories.And They Die a Natural Death takes inspiration from a scene of the shooting of prisoners in a wild chillies forest, recounted in the autobiographical novel Tale Told in the Year 2000 by Vietnamese writer Bùi Ngc Tn. Shadow play and sound from custom-built bamboo flutes is poignantly created via an automated system of controllers which retrieve live wind data from a sensor installed in Tam Đảo forest, where the writers detention camp used to be. 

Nguyễn Trinh Thi Audio Description

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Listen to an audio description of Nguyễn Trinh Thi’s exhibition.

At The Table with Nguyễn Trinh Thi

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As part of the At The Table series, Nguyễn Trinh Thi met in conversation with Zoe Butt, curator, writer and Founder/Director of in-tangible institute; Dr. Philippa Lovatt, lecturer in Film Studies at University of St Andrews; and writer, curator and teacher May Adadol Ingawanij. The At The Table series was presented in partnership with British Council Wales.

Interview with ArtReview

Chilli plants are projected onto a wall in a dark room as part of an installation by Nguyễn Trinh Thi.
Nguyễn Trinh Thi, And They Die a Natural Death, 2022, Installation view at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Artes Mundi 10, 2023-24. Photography – Stuart Whipps

Read the ArtReview interview with Nguyễn Trinh Thi here.


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