Carol Yinghua Lu

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Carol Yinghua Lu is a curator, art critic and writer who lives and works in Beijing.[1]

Early life[edit]

Carol Yinghua Lu was born in Chaozhou, Guangdong, China, in 1977. Yinghua graduated from the critical studies programme of Malmö Art Academy at Sweden’s Lund University in 2005 and served as a China Researcher for Asia Art Archive from 2005 to 2007.[2]


She is currently a contributing editor at Frieze (magazine),[3] a London-based art magazine, co-founder and co-editor of Contemporary Art & Investment magazine, and sits on the editorial board for the Arnolfini Art Center’s Far West magazine.

Lu writes essays on contemporary art research for many international art journals and magazines, including e-flux journal, The Exhibitionist, Yishu, and Tate.[4] Her texts on contemporary art have also appeared in many art catalogues, books, publications, and critical readers. Lu's writing focuses on providing documentation of contemporary art trends in Asia, as well as reflection on the impact of political, financial and creative conditions on Asia's artists, critics, curators and gallerists.[5]

From 2009-2010, Lu was the founder and Art Director of SUITCASE ART PROJECTS, a project space of Today Art Museum. In 2007 she was one of three curators of the 7th Shenzhen Biennale,[6] titled “Accidental Message: Art Is Not A System, Not A World” and conceived to include two subthemes: “Unexpected Encounters” and “What You See is What I See”. As the starting point for her curatorial research, Lu, along with her colleagues Liu Ding and Su Wei focused on experimental art practice in China since 1989 to 2000 to shape an observation of a local history, trying to look back on individual practices and art itself during this period of time. "Little Movements: Self-Practices in Contemporary Art", the project she and Liu Ding initiated and curated together, was exhibited at the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal in Shenzhen in September 2011, and will go on an international tour from 2012.

In 2011 Lu was part of the selection panel for the 54th Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale.[7] She has curated exhibitions with artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Francesco Clemente, Béatrice Cussol, Chen Man, Jan Saudek, Rosemarie Trockel, Andy Warhol, Gao Yu, Zhuang Hui, Chen Shaoxiong, Leng Wen, Yan Xing, Lu Zhengyuan, Martha Rosler, Gao Shiming, the Raqs Media Collective, Hu Fang, and Dan'er. Lu's book on the work of Chinese artist Wang Yin (born 1964) situates his work within the historical context of twentieth-century Chinese painting, as well as broader shifts in modern Chinese culture.[8]

Lu was a Co-Artistic Director of ROUNDTABLE: The 9th Gwangju Biennale (Korea, 2012)[9] through which her focus developed around the ways in which the de-bordering and loosening of economic, sovereign, social, cultural and historic frameworks by digitization, global trade and political movements challenges our ideological and national logics.[10]


  1. ^ "Interview with curator and critic Carol Yinghua Lu". Independent Curator International. July 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Back to the Individual Experience: Some Thoughts on Research and Curatorial Practice in Contemporary Art". Diaaalogue. Asia Art Archive. April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Carol Yinghua Lu". Frieze. Archived from the original on 23 May 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dream Lab Judging". British Council. Archived from the original on September 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ Frieze Art Fair - Podcast The China Experience Archived January 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Curated by Liu Ding, Carol Yinghua Lu, and Su Wei the 7th Shenzhen Biennale has the title 'Accidental Message: Art is Not A System, Not A World'". Biennial Foundation. 25 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Official Awards of the 54th International Art Exhibition". La Biennale. 4 June 2011. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Lu, Carol Yinghua (2011). Wang Yin. Timezone 8. ISBN 978-9881881632. 
  9. ^ "2012 Artistic Directors". E-Flux. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Pevy, Seth (6 February 2012). "Six women with a vision". Gwangju News.