Zoe Diao (China/USA) is a researcher, curator, as well as a translator and writer, specialised in classical Chinese art and contemporary East Asian art. She is currently interested in environmental humanities, material culture and collecting history.

As Asymmetry Curatorial Fellow at Whitechapel Gallery, Zoe will work with Whitechapel Gallery’s Exhibitions department on various research and curatorial projects. She will also conduct independent research on early 20th century East Asian artists who lived in the UK. 

Among the many exhibitions she worked on, Zoe co-curated William Kentridge: Notes Towards a Model Opera, 2015 with Philip Tinari, and curated New Directions: Li Ming (2015-16), both at at UCCA, Beijing. Diao translated and edited a dozen of publications including: Inside a Book a House of Gold: Artist’s Edition for Parkett (2012); Six Drawing Lessons (2015); Peter Doig: Cabins and Canoes, The Unreasonable Silence of the World (2017) and M+ Sigg Collection (2021).

In Partnership with

Asymmetry Art Foundation


Autumn 2021 & Winter 2022


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