Zoe Butt

Embodying Method: How Artists Provide Responsive Strategies for Sustaining Knowledge

- ENROLLMENT CLOSED - This course is meant to introduce students to a range of artists from the global south and to help them gain insight into the current thoughts and methodologies from the curator Zoe Butt.

As she writes, “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.”

Feb 15th - Mar 8th, Apr 19th - May 3rd

9-11:30 pm EST



Zoe Butt is a curator and writer. Her 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 (2009-2021), 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 Pollination (2018-); Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber – Journey Beyond the Arrow, (2019); Conscious Realities (2013-2016); Embedded South(s) (2016) and San Art Laboratory (2012-2015). Zoe is a 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. Zoe is currently a PhD candidate with CREAM, University of Westminster, London, UK. She lives and works in Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).

Interface: A solo show by Oanh Phi Phi (2019) @ The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre.
Empty Forest: A Solo show by Tuấn Andrew Nguyễn (2018) @ The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre
Conscious Realities’, 2015. San Art
Dislocate: A solo exhibition by Bui Cong Khanh’. The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 2016; in partnership with San Art.

More Classes

Live online classes with the world’s best artists and curators

NFTs & Artists

with Nato Thompson

This course is a combination of workshop, lecture, discussions and visiting guests in the field, as Nato Thompson digs into the ever evolving world of non-fungible tokens.

Embodying Process: An Artlab Workshop

with Amber Imrie

This is a non-hierarchical workshop wherein artists will offer each other critical feedback, from idea to fruition, testing and experimenting through iterations, and culminate in an online group exhibition of the finished artworks. This workshop is created to help support artists who are going through a transition; maybe starting a new project, series, or looking to refine their process.

Recognize, Research, Respond: An ArtLab Workshop

with Veronica Jackson

In this non-hierarchical workshop, artists will offer each other critical feedback, from idea to fruition, culminating in an online group exhibition of artworks workshopped. This workshop is lead by Veronica Jackson. Veronica brings to Artlab deep questions about artistic process that focuses on defining our audience, research, and purpose as an artist.