Vi Trinh graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in Visual and Media Arts Practice & Leadership.  A Vietnamese-American artist based in D.C. she works in digital and traditional media to examine the relationship between ecological and social patterns.   She synthesizes data to confront ideas of colonialism and white supremacy within our current social context.  Her work explores ideas of rich aesthetics in ecological emergencies and the temporal reality created by large-scale phenomena.  Much of her work is based in the internet and comes from the ethos of the internet as an illusionary space and the interaction with its interface.  The internet as it appears; democratic, and free, and the reality of exclusionary design by the very few and the profits they gain from it.  It has become the new ground of a very old problem.  Between the environment and people, the disenfranchised and society, the user and the internet.  She seeks a balance between technology and the internet not as antagonists created by colloquialism, but as multidimensional characters and potential allies.  The storyline for much of her work derives from a focus on objects and spaces surrounding humanity, without actually showing humans, architecture, design, aesthetics, technology, even A.I. trained by humans, built by humans, and strangely human themselves, it is about what is left behind and what that says about us and our archeological legacy.

 

Instagram: @v_trinh

Email: vi.trinh2255@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Vi Trinh

Exhibition History

2019   Digital U: Extreme Views pt. 2, Art Gene, Cumbria, England

            Intimist 4, La Fenice art gallery Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

            △: Senior Thesis Exhibition, Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond, VA

            Senior Thesis Exhibition: James River, James River, Richmond, VA

 

Publications

2019   Escape, Digital America Issue 13, digitalamerica.org

            Tuong-Vi Trinh, ’19: Senior infuses her art with social justice themes, University of Richmond Newsroom, Richmond, VA

2018   Thank You, Digital America Issue 11, digitalamerica.org

            Rise, Silver Stork: Dawn, silverstorkmagazine.weebly.com

 

Programming

2019   Artist Talk, Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond VA

 

Related Work Experience      

2019   Gallery Exhibition & Public Programs Intern, IA&A Hillyer Gallery, Washington DC

            Head Curator, Digital America Issue 12 & Issue 13, digitalamerica.org

2018   Assistant Curator, Digital America Issue 11, digitalamerica.org

            Program Leader, Art 180, Richmond, VA

 

Grants and Awards     

2019   Bobby Chandler Award for Music & Art, Richmond, VA

            Spring University of Richmond A&S Fellowship, Richmond, VA

            Fall University of Richmond A&S Fellowship, Richmond, VA

            University of Richmond Chevy Chase Book Award, Richmond, VA

            Summer University of Richmond A&S Fellowship, Richmond, VA

2018   Spring University of Richmond A&S Fellowship, Richmond, VA

            University of Richmond Chevy Chase Book Award, Richmond, VA

2017   University of Richmond Faculty Student Choice Award, Richmond, VA

2016   University of Richmond Faculty Student Choice Award, Richmond, VA

 

Public Collections

2019   Harnett Museum of Art Permanent Collection, Richmond, VA

 

Education

2019   University of Richmond, B.A. Visual and Media Arts Practice & Leadership Studies, Richmond, VA

 

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