Xiaohui Guo is an independent Chinese curator based in London. Over the past ten years, she has worked extensively in the arts, gaining invaluable knowledge and curatorial experience in museums, galleries, art publishing and educational institutions. In 2016, She founded XH Projects and had since curated numerous exhibitions in China, UK, Israel and Berlin. As an independent curator with interest in Art & Politics, Xiaohui’s primary focus is to produce innovative and meaningful exhibitions which bring together art from China & the West. In addition to curating, Xiaohui has also written for periodicals and museum catalogues, as well as organising artist workshops and residencies (‘places of conflicts’) across the globe.

Born in Xinjiang province,China’s most northwestern region bordering Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and India, Xiaohui has had a unique upbringing immersed in a cultural crossroad where Han Chinese, Uyghur Muslims, Tungusic traditions, Russian influences and various Central Asian cultures exist at the same time. As a child, she witnessed the complex and often troubled political tensions in her hometown, while at the same time she was increasingly inspired by art & literature. This political situation in her hometown and an intense interest in the visual arts led to her chosen career path as a curator, and she has since produced residencies, exhibitions and text exploring expansive subjects with an acute ‘geo-socio-political’ awareness.

Work experience & education:

Xiaohui studied History (BA) at the Minzu University of China in Beijing. Soon after graduation, she became head of Communications at Chengdu’s Upriver Gallery, China’s first private contemporaryart museum (est. 1997). After this, she worked in advertising companies as project manager for national museums, during which she worked on the second Guangzhou Triennial (2005) alongside renowned curators Hou Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Xiaohui accepted a position at Beijing’s UCCA (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art) in 2007, a significant move that brought her to the centre of contemporary art in China’s fast-growing art world. During this period, she was involved in the curating of Qiu Zhijie, Breaking Through the Ice (2009); Breaking Forecast: 8 Key Figures of China's New Generation Artists (2009); Olafur Eliasson and Ma Yansong: Feelings Are Facts (2010) and Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy (2010), amongst others. Between 2010 and 2014, Xiaohui studied at London’s Goldsmith College and completed two MAs: Art &Politics, and Cultural Studies. Since establishing her curatorial practice XH Projects in London, she initiated and directed successful exhibitions across Europe and Asia. Some of them include: Memory goes as far as this morning, Chengdu, China (2016); Code of Game, Berlin (2016); Lian Zhou Foto Fest – Young British section, LianZhou, China (2017) and Cheng Ran solo show, CCA, Israel (2018). For her on-going projects, Xiaohui will collaborate with celebrated art academies and other non-profit organisations to bring more thought-provoking and beautiful exhibitions across the UK and beyond.

Cheng Ran solo show, CCA, Tel Aviv, 2018 

Silia Tung/Ma Li joint show, Mirgrant Birds, Berlin, 2016

Olafur Eliasson and Ma Yansong - feellings are facts, UCCA, Beijing, 2010