Vi Trinh’s animation, THANK YOU, explores the relationship between power and powerlessness, and thus casts the characters of humans, institutions, and animals. Trinh uses a sliding scale of greyness to show a false dichotomy between nature and humans. As we watch bear and woman dance between nature and audience, we are struck by the loss that power relationships inevitably breed.


Vi Trinh is a student at the University of Richmond majoring in visual arts and
leadership. Her work is wide and varied but focused on the connection between people
and nature.