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

Tuesdays
9-11:30 pm EST

15
Students

$1,500
USD

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.

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