Carolina Lio is a curator, writer and researcher based in London and educated between Italy, Sweden, and England (Curating Contemporary Art MA from Royal College of Art). She is founding director of the art organisation LOOKING FORWARD, London; associate curator at ACAVA, UK; associate curator at SPEX Switzerland; and unit leader in History of Art and Design at Istituto Marangoni, London.

Currently, she is collaborating in the public programme of the Visible Award by Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna, working on projects of Forensic Architecture; Richard Bell, Luke Ching, and Otobong Nkanga in Lafayette Anticipation, Paris, and CuratorLab/Konstfack, Stockholm.

In 2020, she is the recipient of the SAC International Curatorial Residency, City of Barcelona. 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.

Among other institutions for which she has curated exhibitions and public programmes: 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 de Mallorca; and Italian Institute of Culture, Barcelona.


Her reviews, articles and essays have been published on CtC Curating the Contemporary; Exibart; Flash Art; Journal of Curatorial Studies; and Studies in Visual Art and Communication Journal. She has also collaborated independently with some private galleries and organisations, such as Arcade, London; Open Space Istanbul; Eastation Gallery, Hong Kong; and Sprovieri, London.

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2019 - 2020     CuratorLab, Konstfack University, Stockholm

2015 - 2017     Curating Contemporary Art MA, Royal College of Art, London

2005                Corso per Curatori, School for Curatorial Studies, Venice

2003 - 2008     Degree in Sciences of Communication, curriculum in Semiotics of           

                        Visual Communication, University of Bologna




2020     SAC International Curatorial Residency, Sant Andreu Contemporani, Barcelona. A residency by City of Barcelona, Institut Ramon Llull in collaboration with Fabra i Coats

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 Bulgaria, Credo Bonum Gallery and 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 projet '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





Marcus Coates    

Nebojša Despotovic

Zackary Drucker   

Jimmie Durham

Peggy Frank    

Nan Goldin   

Pravdoliub Ivanov   

Kensuke Koike   

Jannis Kounellis    

Julia Krahn     

Cinthia Marcelle     

Michelle Marie-Letelier    

Andrea Mastrovito   

Boris Mikhailov

Margherita Morgantin 

On Translation:

Antoni Muntadas and the Politics of Translation in Visual Arts (1995 - 2015)


Published in Studies in Visual Arts and Communication Journal Vol. 6(2), Dec 2019.

Book review: "Introduction to Bulgarian Contemporary Art 1982-2015" by Vessela Nozharova


Published in Journal of Curatorial Studies Vol. 8(2), November 2019.



public programme

5th Visible Award


Presenting projects by Forensic Architecture, Richard Bell, Luke Ching, and Otobong Nkanga at Lafayette Anticipations, Paris. Visible is a project by Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna.


residency programme

CLICK International Curatorial Residency

Art Affairs and Documents Foundation, Sofia 


In Collaboration with Goethe-Institut Bulgarien, Credo Bonum Foundation and supported by the Programme Culture of the City of Sofia.


with Sprovieri, London

Yesterday's Sandwich


Sprovieri, London 

Solo show of Boris Mikhailov with photographs from the series Yesterday’s Sandwich and projection of the original slide slow of images.


curated exhibition

Paisajes Esenciales


The IEB Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics, Ibiza, presents 4 balearic artists reasoning on the various declensions at JustMAD, Palacio de Neptuno, Madrid (Feb 2019) and JustLX, Museo de Carris, Lisbon (May 2019).


residency programme

Fire Station International Curators Residencies Programme

Fire Station, Dublin 

2 weeks of studio visits across Fire Station and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.


with Sprovieri, London

Nan Goldin / Boris Mikhailov


Photo London, Somerset House, London


In the context of Photo London, Sprovieri presents works by Nan Goldin and Boris Mikhailov, two masters of intimacy and life on the margins. 

2018 - 2019

curated exhibition

Politics of Translation


Goldsmiths College, London, part of Deptford X Festival, and The Stone Space, gallery of the Leytonstone Public Library, London

Stella Rahola, Sofia Uquillas, Paul Wood



Jordi Colomer

An essay presenting the main projects of the Catalan artists with special focus on his participative projects across theatre and architecture, including his projects for the 57th Venice Biennale and Manifesta12.


with Arcade, London

Ahali: A Journal for Setting a Setting


ARCO, Madrid 


Presentation of the project by Turkish artist Can Altaj, Ahali, originated as a sporadic publication reflecting on the notion of community.


curated exhibition

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever


Goethe-Institut, Sofia 


Ergin Cavusoglu, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Vikenti Komitski, Stefan Nikolaev, Nedko Solakov, Krassimir Terziev, Alexander Valchev 


with Sprovieri, London

Pedro Cabrita Reis, Jimmie Durham, Cildo Meireles

Sprovieri, London


Group show of the three conceptual artists in collaboration with Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo

2016 - 2017

curated exhibition



EAC, Montevideo

Yamile Calderon, Marcus Coates, Christian Niccoli, Cristina Nuñez, the collective Jennifer Rosa, and Pilvi Takala

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