Hanru Hou

Hou Hanru is Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and Chair of the Exhibitions and Museum Studies program at the San Francisco Art Institute. A prolific writer and curator, Hou is one of the first to examine postmodern issues of nomadic identity, hybridity, globalised mobility, what he calls “in-betweeness”, and artists living in the diaspora.

The numerous high profile international exhibitions he curated include: ‘Cities On The Move’ (1997—2000); Shanghai Biennial (2000); Gwangju Biennial (2002); Venice Biennale (French Pavilion, 1999; Z.O.U. – Zone Of Urgency, 2003; Chinese Pavilion, 2007); ‘Beyond: An Extraordinary Space of Experimentation for Modernization’, The 2nd Guangzhou Triennial (2005); The 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007); ‘Global Multitude’ (Luxembourg, 2007); ‘Trans(cient)City’ (Luxembourg, 2007); EV+A 2008 (Limerick). The 10th Biennale de Lyon (2009). Described as a significant international voice on cultural difference, Hou is contributing editor and writer for art journals including “Flash Art International”, “Yishu”, “Art Asia Pacific”, etc; while advising international institutions such as the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, Deutsche Bank Collection and Prince Claus Fund. He has been lecturing in institutions across the world and serving as juror for many art awards.

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"The Grand Parc" by Bik van der Pol, 10th Biennale de Lyon 2009, curated by Hou Hanru