Zoe Butt

Embodying Method: How Artists Provide Responsive Strategies for Sustaining Knowledge

7- Week course
February 15th - March 8th
April 19th - May 3rd
Tuesdays
9 pm - 11:30 pm EST
Office Hours: TBD

cost
1,500 USD

The context of artistic production across the globe is incredibly vast and thus diverse in nature and capacity. Artistic intention is often driven by local landscapes of increasing political fragility, where the urgency to mine the past, in order to excavate historical reason, is paramount to sustaining conversations surrounding issues of sovereignty, religious freedom, Indigeneity, race, spiritual affinities, environmental justice and so much more.

But alas, such intention is often thwarted by political, cultural, social, and ideological fear, as well as state regulations, so that artists must be resilient sleuths in engineering solutions to such limits. How do they do this? How do they cope? What do they build? How can the broader sector of cultural workers learn from such methods and persistence in the creation of responsive houses of culture?

This is a course built around sharing and brainstorming. Particular artists, predominantly from the Global South, will be a focus for each class (some to be invited as guest speakers). This course is conceived from over two decades of my living and working in Communist contexts, in addition to my commitment to working with artists across the Global South who are dedicated to innovating the memory of political realities.

Zoe Butt is a curator and writer based in Vietnam. Her curatorial practice centers 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).

7- Week course
February 15th - March 8th
April 19th - May 3rd
Tuesdays
9 pm - 11:30 pm EST
Office Hours: TBD

cost
1,500 USD