Independent Curator and Writer
Zoe Butt is a curator and writer. Currently she is a PhD candidate with CREAM, University of Westminster, London, UK; Guest Lecturer, MA in Curatorial Practice, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; Lead Advisor (Southeast Asia and Oceania), Kadist Art Foundation, Paris/San Francisco; Academic Advisor, TIMES Museum, Guangzhou. She is also in the throes of establishing ‘in-tangible institute’, a centre for nurturing curatorial practice, in the business of caring for a robust ecology for the arts in Southeast Asia.
Zoe’s practice centres on building critically thinking and historically conscious artistic communities, fostering dialogue among cultures of the globalizing souths. Zoe was Artistic Director of the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City (2017-2021), Executive Director and Curator, Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City (2009–2016); Director, International Programs, Long March Project, Beijing (2007–2009); and Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2001–2007) – this latter post particularly focused on the development of its Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. She has been published by Hatje Cantz; JRP-Ringier; Routledge; Sternberg Press, among others. Notable endeavours include Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber - Journey Beyond the Arrow, (2019); Pollination (2018-); Conscious Realities (2013-2016); Embedded South(s) (2016) and San Art Laboratory (2012-2015). Zoe is a CCL/MoMA International Curatorial Fellow; a member of the Asia Society’s ‘Asia 21’ initiative; and member of the Asian Art Council, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
She lives and works in Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).