Zoe Butt


Zoe Butt is a curator and writer. Currently she is 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 amongst others.

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.

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.