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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. Presenting her work at San Art in Ho Chi Minh City as well as a series of recent artist projects including Xu Zhen’s The Starving of Sudan project, Yang Shaobin’s X-Blindspot project, and Dinh Q Le’s Farmers and the Helicopters project (currently on view at MoMA), Butt will explore context and the limitations and boundaries in the production and presentation of art.

This is the summer installment of The Curator’s Perspective, an itinerant public discussion series that features an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

This event will be preceded by a small wine reception at 6:30 pm. The Curator’s Perspective is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited. To RSVP please contact Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 212-254-8200 x26.

About Zoe Butt

Zoe Butt is Curator and Director (Programs and Development) for San Art, an independent artist-run gallery space and reading room in Ho Chi Minh City. She is also Curatorial Manager for Post Vi-Dai, a private collection of contemporary Vietnamese art based between Ho Chi Minh City and Geneva. Previously she was Director, International Programs, Long March Project – a complex, multi-platform, international artist organization and ongoing art project based in Beijing, China.  Prior to this she was Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art at the 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. For over 10 years she has been researching contemporary Asian art and has both independently and collaboratively curated exhibitions and contributed to various international art publications that have reflected the dynamic art of this region.

Read Zoe Butt’s DISPATCH.

Visit Post Vi-Dai’s website.


This season of The Curator’s Perspective has been made possible by the support of Agnes Gund.

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July 14, 2010

PPOW Gallery
511 West 25th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
6:30-8:30pm
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Zoe Butt

Zoe Butt is a curator and writer currently based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 

Zoe is 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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