Nguyen Trinh Thi was born in 1973 in Hanoi, where she lives and works today. She studied journalism and photography at the University of Iowa, and International Relations and Ethnographic Film at the University of California, San Diego. She is the founding and acting director of Hanoi Doclab, a center founded in 2009 for documentary filmmaking and video art in Hanoi. In 2015–2016, Nguyen is a resident at DAAD, Berlin.
Select recent exhibitions include Lyon Biennale
, France (2015); Asian Art Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan (2015); Finalist Exhibition, APBF Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum (2014); 5th Fukuoka Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan (2014); “If The World Changed,” 4th Singapore Biennale (2013); 15th Jakarta Biennale, Indonesia (2013); “Collecting Counter-Memories,” San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2013); “Move on Asia: Video Art in Asia 2002 to 2012,” ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2013); “Women in Between: Asian Women Artists 1984–2012,” Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Okinawa Prefecture Art Museum, Japan (2012); and DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, Korea (2011).