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Beatrice Leanza is a researcher and curator based in Beijing since 2002. She earned an MA in Asian studies from Ca’Foscari University (Venice) specializing in the history of Asian and contemporary Chinese art. Starting her experience by working with Ai Weiwei as a curator at CAAW (China Art Archives and Warehouse), the historical alternative art space founded by the artist in the late 1990s, her work over the years has focused on practical and theoretical explorations engaging the contemporary urban condition from the vantage point of China.
She has acted as Creative Director of Beijing Design Week since the 2013 edition and is currently head of its overseas program (2017). She is co-curator of the international research program Across Chinese Cities featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014 and 2016 and is a member of the international advisory board of Design Trust (Hong Kong).
Her writing and curated projects have appeared in publications such as Artforum, Abitare, CNN Style, Domus, Dezeen, Disegno magazine, Frieze, Blueprint Magazine, Metropolis magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, IDEAT, Liberation/NEXT, The Good Life, among others.