Zoe Butt, photo by Nguyen Tri.


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.

She is currently Artistic Director of the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s first purpose-built space for contemporary art. She formerly served as Executive Director and Curator, Sàn Art, an independent contemporary art space in 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, Australia (2001–2007).

Her work has been published by Hatje Cantz, Berlin; ArtReview, London/Hong Kong; ArtAsiaPacific, Hong Kong; Independent Curators International, New York; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; Artlink, Fullarton, Australia; Printed Project, Dublin, JRP-Ringier, Zurich; Routledge, London and Sternberg Press, Berlin, among others. She is also 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.

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 venues, such as the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre and Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City; Carré d'Art–Musée d'art contemporain, Nîmes, France; Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Paddington, Australia. Among her recent exhibitions are Spirit of Friendship and Poetic Amnesia: Phan Thao Nguyen, The Factory, Ho Chi Minh City, (2017); Dislocate: Bui Cong Khanh, The Factory, Ho Chi Minh City (2016) and Conjuring Capital, Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City (2015).

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