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Zoe Butt


Born in Australia

Currently lives and works in Vietnam


Zoe Butt is a curator and writer. She is currently Artistic Director, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Zoe used to be Executive Director and Curator (2009-2016) of Sàn Art, Vietnam’s most active independent contemporary art space and reading room in Ho Chi Minh City. From 2007-2009 she was Director, International Programs, Long March Project – a multi-platform, international artist organization and ongoing art project based in Beijing, China. From 2001-2007 she was Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia where she assisted in the development of the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT); key acquisitions for the Contemporary Asian art collection, and other associated gallery programs. Her curatorial referral work is pan-Asian, working with private collectors and researchers, independent curators and major museums globally.

Zoe is a PhD candidate with the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics, National Institute for Experimental Arts, Art and Design, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her thesis explores the role of relation in the emergence of particular socially-engaged artistic production that has created critical new forms of arts infrastructure in China and Vietnam – further proposing that such expanded artistic practice calls for a re-determination and re-evaluation of artistic and curatorial labor.

Select recent projects include: ‘Conscious Realities’ (a global south interdisciplinary cultural dialog) 2013-2016’, San Art, Vietnam; ‘Conjuring Capital’, San Art, Vietnam; ‘Disrupting Choreographies’, Carre d’Art, France, 2013; ‘Poetic Politic’, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA, 2012; ‘A Transformative Disguise: Le Hoang Bich Phuong’, San Art, Ho Chi Minh City and Japan Foundation Hanoi, Vietnam, 2012; ‘Curating in Asia: Global Art and the Museum’, ZKM, Germany, 2011; ‘Signs and Signals from the Periphery: Ho Chi Minh City / Medellin’, MDE11 with Casa Tres Patios, Medellin, Colombia, 2011; ‘Erasure: Dinh Q Le’, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia, 2011; ‘Memories and Beyond: 2010 Kuandu Biennale’, Taipei, Taiwan, 2010; ‘Porcelain’ with Superflex and The Propeller Group, San Art, HCMC, Vietnam, 2010; ‘No Soul for Sale: A Festival for Independents’, Tate Modern, UK, 2010; ‘Syntax and Diction’, San Art, HCMC, Vietnam, 2009; ‘Time Ligaments’, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, 2009; ‘China in Four Seasons: Guo Fengyi’, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand, 2009; ‘Impossible is Nothing: Xu Zhen’, Long March Space, China, 2008. Zoe has previously written for publications with Hatje Cantz, Art Asia Pacific; ‘Dispatch: Independent Curators International’, USA; Artlink, Australia; Printed Projects, Ireland; Realtime, Australia, and also various art exhibition and monograph catalogues.

Zoe is a member of the Asian Art Council of the Solomon R. Guggenheim, NYC; a member of the ‘Asia 21 Young Leaders’ of the Asia Society, NYC; and in 2015 became a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Education at San Art