Working across a range of forms and materials, Tran uses her own experience as a cultural outsider – a Vietnamese woman living in France – to explore physical and cultural displacement and the history of colonialism, subjects that have become poignantly relevant in today's climate.
Her work has recently been shown at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, at the 57th Venice Biennale, and at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin. She is nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize 2018 and will exhibit at Centre Georges Pompidou in the fall of the same year. Thu-Van Tran's works are included in public and private collections, such as Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, Kadist Fondation, Paris/San Francisco, MAC VAL (FR), Lidice Memorial (CZ), Josée and Marc Gensollen collection (FR), and Vehbi Koc Fondation, Istanbul. In 2019, she will be part of a residency programme at the Times Museum of Guangzhou in China. She has been a senior instructor for Bachelor's level students at PCA – Paris College of Art since 2012.