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Carolina Lio (b. 1984) is a curator, writer and researcher based in London. Before settling in London, she has lived in Milan, Berlin, Hong Kong, and Barcelona. She holds a degree in Semiotics from Università di Bologna, an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London, and studied in the post-master programme CuratorLab at Konstfack University, Stockholm.


Carolina is founding director of the organisation LOOKING FORWARD, London; co-director at Art as Experience, Luxembourg; curator at Empathy & Risk, London; curator at Visible (Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna), Italy; associate curator at SPEX, Switzerland; associate researcher at Sheffield Hallam University; and Unit Leader in History of Art, Design and Visual Culture at Istituto Marangoni, London.

In 2021 and 2022, Carolina is also curating the long-term project 3xME at the University of Luxembourg, supported by Oeuvre Nationale, Fondation Sommer and Esch-Sur-Alzette European Capital of Culture.

Previously, Carolina has been curator-in-residence at USF, Bergen (2019); Fire Station, Dublin; and Art Affairs and Documents Foundation, Sofia (2018). In 2017, she was selected for the Neon Curatorial Exchange by NEON Organisation, Athens, and Whitechapel Gallery, London. In 2015, she was guest researcher at MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona.


She also curated exhibitions and public programmes at Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan; Beaconsfield Gallery, London; EAC, Montevideo; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice; Goethe-Institut, Sofia; Goldsmiths MFA, London; Hong Kong Arts Centre; Institute of Balearics Studies, Palma; and Italian Institute of Culture, Barcelona, among others.

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Society of the Many is the first cycle of Visible Storytelling, a new curatorial format that tells the stories behind the projects of Visible archive through social media and an online public programme. Society of the Many gives visibility to projects that fight against social, class, and racial inequality challenging the narratives that allow the exclusion of the margins and of the fragile communities dealing with daily social injustice. Curated by Carolina Lio, the cycle involved 10 FB Live Conversations (August - October 2020) and 10 YouTube edited videos (December 2020 - April 2021)presenting projects by Ulf Aminde, Black Quantum Futurism, Daniel Godínez Nivón, Sandi Hilal, Khirkee Voice, Ahmet Ögüt, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Dread Scott, Marinella Senatore, Trampoline House. link

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Primal Distance is an online platform, a public programme and a publication about the implications of distance. The project is produces by LOOKING FORWARD, London, and supported by Sant Andreu Contemporani, City of Barcelona, and Institut Ramon Llull. Artists involved: Camila Cañeque, Felipe García Salazar, Biel Llinàs, Joan Pallé. Project curator: Carolina Lio; assistant curators: Arianna Guidi, and Giulia Menegale. link

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2020     SAC International Curatorial Residency, Sant Andreu Contemporani, Barcelona. A residency by City of Barcelona                 and Institut Ramon Llull

2019     Grant for critics, Performing Arts Hub Norway, Oslo, and Tanz im August, Berlin

2019     Curator-in-residence, USF Verftet, Bergen

2018     Curator-in-residence, Fire Station, Dublin

2018     CLICK International Curatorial Residency, Art Affairs and Documents Foundation, Sofia. In collaboration with Goethe-

             Institut, Credo Bonum Foundation and City of Sofia Culture Directorate

2017     Neon Curatorial Exchange, NEON Organisation, Athens, and Whitechapel Gallery, London

2015     Research fellowship, MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona

2013     Researcher and coordinator in the project 'Opera Italia', Consulate of Italy in Guangzhou and Guangdong Museum               of Art, Guangzhou

2010     Curator-in-residence at AKOSS, Yerevan. In collaboration with ACCEA Armenian Centre for Contemporary                           Experimental Art, Yerevan; Visual Container, Milan; European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam; and Soros

             Foundation, New York

Her reviews, articles and essays have been published on Journal of Curatorial Studies; CtC Curating the Contemporary;  Exibart; Flash Art; and Studies in Visual Art and Communication Journal.

Can Altay    

Giorgio Andreotta Calò    

Carolina Antich    

Emmanuelle Antille 

Forensic Architecture   

Francesco Arena    

Franko B.    

Sonia Balassanian    

Matteo Basilé    

Sonia Barrett    

Richard Bell

Black Quantum Futurism

Pedro Cabrita Reis    

Yamile Calderon     

Ergin Çavusoglu 

Los Angeles Poverty Department

Luke Ching 

Marcus Coates    

David Cotterrell

Nebojša Despotovic

Zackary Drucker   

Jimmie Durham

Peggy Frank    

Daniel Godinez Nivon

Nan Goldin   

Pravdoliub Ivanov   

Kensuke Koike   

Jannis Kounellis    

Julia Krahn     

Cinthia Marcelle     

Michelle Marie-Letelier    

Andrea Mastrovito   

Boris Mikhailov

Margherita Morgantin 

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