Tran T. Kim-Trang


Tran, T. Kim-Trang was born in Viet Nam and emigrated to the U.S. in 1975. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has been producing experimental videos since the early 1990's. Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally in solo and group screenings in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Her eight-part, experimental, video art series investigating blindness and its metaphors was completed in 2006. Tran is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Creative Capital grant, a Getty Mid-Career Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship. These fellowships have enabled her to develop a screenplay titled Call Me Sugar, based on the life of her mother, which she hopes to direct as a feature film project. In 2010 Tran exhibited a three-channel video installation titled Landless in Second Life, which explores notions of immigrants and immigration in the online, virtual world Second Life. Landless received funding from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. She currently teaches at Scripps College where she is an Associate Professor of Art and Media Studies. Tran is also serving her third and final year as the Director of the Scripps College Humanities Institute.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
  • CCF Fellow
  • COLA Fellow