Carolina Lio (b. Italy, 1984) is a curator, writer and researcher based in London. She hold 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. She is founding director of the art organisation LOOKING FORWARD, London; associate curator at ACAVA, UK; associate curator at SPEX Switzerland; and university lecturer in History of Art and Design at Istituto Marangoni, Manchester Metropolitan University.

In 2020, she is developing a social media based project for Visible Platform, Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna, Italy; and 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.

She also curated exhibitions and public programme 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.


Can Altay    

Giorgio Andreotta Calò    

Carolina Antich    

Emmanuelle Antille 

Forensic Architecture   

Francesco Arena    

Franko B.    

Sonia Balassanian    

Matteo Basilé    

Sonia Barrett    

Richard Bell

Pedro Cabrita Reis    

Yamile Calderon     

Ergin Çavusoglu 

Luke Ching 

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 



research + residencies

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, 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.