Nguyễn Trinh Thi: 47 Days, Sound-less Nguyễn Trinh Thi: 47 Days, Sound-less

Nguyn Trinh Thi: 47 Days, Sound-less

  • 12 Jan to 14 Apr 2024

  • The Engine Room, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

  • 10AM–7PM

  • General Admission (Free for Singaporeans and PRs)

47 Days, Sound-less by Vietnamese artist Nguyễn Trinh Thi is a film that explores the relationships between sound and silence, vision, language, colours and their absence. Nguyễn identifies “peripheries”—including natural landscapes used as backdrops, uncredited characters and soundtracks from American and Vietnamese movies—that reveal more-than-human perspectives. Offering new ways of looking and listening, 47 Days, Sound-less invites audiences to reflect on the inextricable relationship between a place and its inhabitants.

47 Days, Sound-less by Nguyễn Trinh Thi is commissioned by the Han Nefkens Foundation, Mori Art Museum, M+ Hong Kong and Singapore Art Museum—Moving Image Commission 2021. The commission aims to support contemporary artistic production within the field of the moving image and is directed at artists of Asian origin, nationality or living in Asia.

Commissioned by the Han Nefkens Foundation, Mori Art Museum, M+, Hong Kong and Singapore Art Museum


Image credit: Nguyễn Trinh Thi. Still of 47 Days, Sound-less. 2024. Image courtesy of the artist.

about the artist

Nguyễn Trinh Thi is a Hanoi-based experimental filmmaker and moving image/media artist whose practice over the last decade has consistently engaged with the history and memory of Vietnam. She has found innovative ways to connect cinema and the moving image with sound practices, performance and alternative forms of storytelling. Thi uses montage to compose her work, drawing on different media, from her own audio and visual recordings to found footage and still images from postcards, photography, newsreels, Hollywood films and ethnographic footage. Her practice currently explores the power of sound and listening, and the multiple relations between image, sound and space, with ongoing interests in memory, representation, landscape, indigeneity and ecology.

Her works have been shown at Thailand Biennale, Chiang Rai (2023), documenta fifteen, Kassel (2022), Minneapolis Institute of Art (2019), Biennale Jogja XV, Yogyakarta (2019), 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary 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) and Asian Art Biennial, Taichung (2015), among others. Thi is the director of Hanoi DOCLAB, an independent centre for documentary film and moving image art she founded in 2009.

room sheets

Find out more about the exhibition via the room sheets here, available Chinese, Malay and Tamil!

read more on the blog

Find out more about the exhibition in 47 Days, Sound-less: Sensing through the Moving Image, an essay by curator Syaheedah Iskandar.

Click here to read.


47 Days, Sound-less​


Video, two screens and mirrors​ Video: three-channel projection, 16:9, 16:9 and 5:2 aspect​ ratios, black and white and colour, sound (stereo), 30 min