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.
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
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