Zoe Butt is a curator and writer based in Vietnam. Her curatorial practice centres on building critically thinking and historically conscious artistic communities, fostering dialogue among countries of the global south. Currently Artistic Director of the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnams first purpose-built space for contemporary art, Zoe formerly served as Executive Director and Curator, Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City (20092016); Director, International Programs, Long March Project, Beijing (20072009); and Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (20012007) this latter post particularly focused on the development of its Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Her work has been published by Hatje Cantz; ArtReview; Independent Curators International; ArtAsiaPacific; Printed Project; Lalit Kala Akademi; JRP-Ringier; Routledge; and Sternberg Press, among others. Her curatorial projects include interdisciplinary dialogue platforms such as Conscious Realities (2013-2016); the online exhibition Embedded South(s) (2016); and group exhibitions of Vietnamese and international artists at various international venues. Recent exhibitions include Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber – Journey Beyond The Arrow, (2019); Empty Forest: Tuan Andrew Nguyen (2018); Spirit of Friendship and Poetic Amnesia: Phan Thao Nguyen (both 2017); Dislocate: Bui Cong Khanh (2016), Conjuring Capital (2015). Zoe is a member of the Asian Art Council for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and in 2015 was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
2019 Curatorial Forum | EXPO Chicago
Curatorial Forum | EXPO CHICAGO September 1821, 2019 Closed-Door Sessions Graham Foundation Chicago, IL Developed by EXPO CHICAGO and ICI, the 2019 Curatorial Forum offers a group of mid-career and established curators, working independently or with an institutional affiliation, the opportunity to engage with their peers and explore significant issues relating to curating, programming, institution-building […]read more »
Curator’s Perspective: Zoe Butt
On Wednesday, July 14, Zoe Butt will talk about her experiences collaborating with artists to forge new practices of both curatorship and creation in the volatile world of China, Vietnam and across the global south. Presenting her work at San Art in Ho Chi Minh City as well as a series of recent artist projects […]read more »
Artists as Engineers in Vietnam
Can artists be successful in creating systems for contemporary art production and interpretation?read more »