Zoe Butt

Zoe Butt is a curator and writer based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She is currently Artistic Director of the The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City. Prior to this, she was Executive Director and Curator 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, and ‘Memories and Beyond: 2010 Kuandu Biennale’, Taipei, Taiwan, 2010. 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 ‘Asia 21 Young Leaders’ of the Asia Society, NYC and in 2015 became a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

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Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok

ICI presents the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok, developed in partnership with the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University to coincide with the launch of its international postgraduate program in Curatorial Practice, and with the James H.W. Thompson Foundation.

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Curatorial Seminar in Istanbul

The Curatorial Seminar will focus on Istanbul as a case study, exploring a number of key issues that challenge our understanding of what constitutes an emerging art scene, the strengths and pitfalls of working within such a context…

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The Museum of the Future?: Curating Institutions

ICI and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing announces the first Curatorial Intensive to be held in China.

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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.

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Artists as Engineers in Vietnam

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Project 35

Project 35 is a program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who have each chosen one work by an artist that they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting compendium is released in four installments and is presented simultaneously in an ever-expanding number of venues.

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