New Placement

Whitechapel Gallery, London

Image courtesy Erin Li

We are excited to announce the recipient of the Asymmetry Curatorial Fellowship at Whitechapel Gallery, London. Erin Li, Associate Curator at Tai Kwun Contemporary, based in Hong Kong, has been awarded the six-month Fellowship, which begins on 23 June 2022.

The Curatorial Fellowship at Whitechapel Gallery is one of four Asymmetry initiatives taking place in London in partnership with leading UK institutions, including Chisenhale Gallery, Goldsmiths and most recently, The Courtauld Institute of Art, announced earlier this year.


The Asymmetry Curatorial Fellowship at Whitechapel Gallery is offered to one mid-career curator who identifies with Greater Chinese and Sinophone culture and heritage, based in the region or internationally. The programme provides the curator with a unique opportunity to gain training, skills, and experience in the curatorial workings of Whitechapel Gallery, which has a strong track record of providing training for curators. Additionally, the Fellow will join Delfina Foundation’s renowned residency programme, which will offer further professional opportunities, such as mentoring, peer-to-peer exchange and access to a wide network of arts practitioners alongside accommodation.

Selected following an international Open Call earlier this year, Erin's practice centres around performance and participatory works, site-specific art, the poetics of materiality, and cross-disciplinary experiments.

Erin’s strong curatorial background and experience in respected institutions stand out as her research reflects both her academic and practical skillsets which she has acquired across a range of disciplines and within different cultural contexts. We are excited to welcome Erin as the next Curatorial Fellow at Whitechapel Gallery and look forward to learning where her project takes her.

– Yan Du, Founder and Director of Asymmetry

“We are delighted to be able to partner with Asymmetry to offer this Fellowship to a talented emerging curator. Erin's strong curatorial background in experimental and cross-disciplinary working combined with experience in respected institutions across Hong Kong provide a solid foundation for the work she will undertake at Whitechapel Gallery. We are looking forward to furthering cross-cultural dialogues with her.”

– Lydia Yee, Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery
Delfina Foundation


Erin Li (b. Hefei, China) is a curator based in Hong Kong. She is currently Associate Curator at Tai Kwun Contemporary. Her curatorial practice centres around performance and participatory works, site-specific art, the poetics of materiality, and cross-disciplinary experiments. Erin received a Bachelor of Social Sciences with majors in Sociology and Art History from The University of Hong Kong in 2014. From 2014 to 2019, Erin worked as Projector Researcher and Development Coordinator at Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong), Exhibition Intern at the Hong Kong participation by M+ at the Venice Biennale, and Art Manager at Duddell’s (Hong Kong & London). Among the many exhibitions and art events she has worked on, she has curated emo gym (2022) and co-curated The Unsung (2021) at Tai Kwun Contemporary. Erin is a member of the AICA (International Association of Art Critics), and has published articles on Artforum China, the M+ blog, and the AICA Hong Kong website.