Holly Roussel ©Anoush Abrar


Holly Roussell is a curator, museologist, and art historian specialising in photography and contemporary art from Asia based between Switzerland and China. She is currently curator at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, China’s leading contemporary art institution.  In addition, Roussell serves as artistic advisor for Fotografiska Shanghai since 2022. From 2013-2017 she served as coordinator of the worldwide travelling exhibitions program as well as the photography prize, the Prix Elysée, for the Musée de l’Elysée (Photo Elysée), Lausanne. 

As an independent curator, Roussell has organized more than 20 group and solo exhibitions for festivals, biennale, and museums around the world collaborating with the Folkwang Museum, DE; MUCEM, Marseille, FR; Les Rencontres d’Arles, FR;  Somerset House, London, UK; NGV Melbourne, AUS; Lianzhou Photography Festival, CN; OCT-Loft Shenzhen, CN; Shanghai Centre of Photography, CN; Auckland Art Gallery, NZ; Fotografiska, USA/SE; MMCA: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, SK among other venues. Holly Roussell is a regular expert to international portfolio reviews and has contributed to a number of publications on photography and Chinese art. In 2022, she will join the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea as International Curatorial Researcher in residence.