Curatorial Survival Strategies Amid Capitalistic Malaise and Ideological Fear: A Lecture by Zoe Butt
Tuesday, October 15, 7pm
132 West 21st Street, 10th floor, New York, NY
MA Curatorial Practice inaugurates its annual international residency program with a lecture by Vietnam-based curator Zoe Butt, whose curatorial work involves maneuvering through government bureaucracy and surveillance, self-censorship, media ignorance, and art market values. She’ll discuss the constant challenge to find the passion, engage in collective risk, and build the trust necessary to construct artistic communities.
Zoe Butt is a curator and writer committed to the building of critically thinking, culturally conscious, artistic communities. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of ‘The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre’. Previously (2009-2016), she was Executive Director and Curator of Sàn Art, Vietnam’s then most active independent contemporary art space in Ho Chi Minh City. From 2007-2009 she was Director, International Programs, Long March Project, Beijing, China; and 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 active across Asia-Pacific, 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. Zoe is also one of the appointed curators of the 14th edition of the Sharjah Biennial, opening March 2019.