Vi Nguyen is a Saigon-born, Houston-raised, Brooklyn-based filmmaker, visual artist, and educator who seeks to dismantle and disrupt the singular narrative of war's history, particularly, the wars in Vietnam. She is drawn to notions of memory, identity, and intergenerational trauma within the Vietnamese diaspora.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Multimedia, Photography, and Design from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Her background in cognitive and behavioral psychology shapes and informs her visual literacy. Her ongoing project “The Liberation of Nostalgia,” is a deeply personal undertaking into the collective notion and narrative of war’s memory and the lingering residue of trauma on identity.
Recently, Nguyen worked with Meerkat Media Collective, Blue Chalk Media, National Geographic Student Expeditions, the New York Times Journeys, and the International Center of Photography. Currently, she coordinates Women Photograph—an international database of 850+ independent women and non-binary visual journalists. In Spring 2019, she is the Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good where she is collaborating with director Ligaiya Romero on the development and research for a feature documentary film about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders activism and social justice movements.