Holly Roussell (born 1989, Vermont, USA) is a curator, museologist, and art historian specialising in photography and contemporary art from Asia based between Switzerland and China. Roussell is graduate of Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, with a MA in Museology. She also holds a BA in Art History. She previously served as coordinator of the worldwide travelling exhibitions program, as well as the photography prize, the Prix Elysée, for the Musée de l’Elysée from 2013-2017. She is a curator with the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, China since 2021, and serves as artistic advisor to Fotografiska Shanghai, planned for opening 2023. In 2022, she was invited guest curator for the Curiosa section for emerging artists at the leading international art fair for photography, Paris Photo.
Roussell has organized more than 20 group and solo exhibitions around the world (Folkwang Museum; MUCEM; Les Rencontres d’Arles; Somerset House; NGV Melbourne; Lianzhou Photography Festival; OCT-Loft Shenzhen; Shanghai Centre of Photography; Auckland Art Gallery; Fotografiska; MMCA: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, among other institutions).
She is a regular expert to international portfolio reviews and juries such as the Aperture Photobook Award, Landskrona & Breadfield Dummy Book Award among others. Roussell has contributed as author to a number of exhibition catalogues and magazines on photography.
In 2023 she will be co-authoring a major publication with Dr. Wu Hung (University of Chicago) with accompanying historic exhibition dedicated to the exhibition history of the Chinese avant-gardist art group active in Beijing from 1979-1981, the Stars (星星画会).
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