Artistic Director

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre

Zoe Butt is a curator and writer committed to the building of critically thinking, culturally conscious, artistic communities. Currently she is Artistic Director of ‘The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre’, a private social enterprise in District 2, Saigon – Vietnam’s first purpose built space for contemporary art.

Previously she was Executive Director and Curator of Sàn Art, Vietnam’s most active independent contemporary art space in Ho Chi Minh City. From 2007-2009 she was Director, International Programs, Long March Project, 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 has been published by Hatje Cantz, Germany; Art Review, London/Hong Kong; Art Asia Pacific, Hong Kong; Independent Curators International, New York; Lalit Kala Akademi, India; Artlink, Australia; Printed Projects, Ireland, JRP-Ringier, Zurich; Routledge, London; Sternberg Press, Berlin, amongst others.

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

Select recent projects include: ‘Embedded South(s)’ (www.embeddedsouths.org). 2016;‘Dislocate: Bui Cong Khanh’, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre’, Ho Chi Minh City, 2016; ‘Conscious Realities’ (a global south interdisciplinary cultural dialog) 2013-2016’, San Art, Ho Chi Minh City; ‘Conjuring Capital’, San Art; ‘Disrupting Choreographies’, Carre d’Art, Nimes, France, 2013; ‘Poetic Politic’, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA, 2012.



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