Holly Roussell (born 1989, Vermont, USA) is an independent curator, museologist, and art historian specialising in photography and contemporary art from Asia based in Suzhou, 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 and photography prize, the Prix Elysée, for the Musée de l’Elysée from 2013-2017.
As a curator of photography and Chinese contemporary art, she has curated major group and solo exhibitions for institutions around the world including: Folkwang Museum, Essen (DE); UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (CN); Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (CH); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (AUS) ; MMCA Gwacheon, Seoul (KR) among others.
Holly Roussell is a regular expert to international portfolio reviews and has contributed as author to a number of exhibition catalogues and magazines on photography. In 2017, she co-founded the Asia Photography Project, a Swiss non-profit curatorial collective and platform for photography from East Asia.
In 2020 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)