Hou Hanru is Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and Chair of the Exhibitions and Museum Studies program at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). A prolific writer and curator, he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Central Institute of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he was trained in art history, with additional work in painting, performance, installation, and architectural research. He is also a consultant for several cultural institutions including the Global Advisory Committee of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Contemporary Art Museum in Kumamoto, Japan.
Described as a significant international voice on cultural differences, Hanru is the French correspondent for Flash Art International and a regular contributor to several other journals on contemporary art including Frieze, Art Monthly, Third Text, Art and Asia Pacific, Domus, Atlantica, Texte Zur Kunst, and Tema Celeste. His recent curatorial projects include the sixth Lyon Biennial (2009), the10th International Istanbul Biennial (2007), and many more. He is one of the first curators and thinkers to examine postmodern issues of nomadic identity, hybridity, globalized mobility, what he calls â€œin-betweeness,â€ and artists living in the diaspora.