Curatorial Practice

Sha Li is a curator, cultural connector, and educator who works in the fields of  Web3 and contemporary art. Her driving passion lies in creating transformative, participatory experiences that promote collaboration. Li's practice serves as a critical reflection on, and active challenge to, the recursive social impacts engendered by mass media and emerging technologies. Her curatorial practice encapsulates an innovative approach towards dismantling conventional narratives and fostering inclusivity in the evolving digital and cultural landscapes.

Sha Li's curatorial interests are diverse and reflect her commitment to pushing boundaries and fostering innovative and process-based methodologies. She excels at forging partnerships that facilitate collaborative artistic endeavors and designing interactive strategies that creatively engage with time and space. By prioritizing community-led practices and nurturing cross-sector collaborations, Li ensures that diverse voices and perspectives flourish in her curatorial projects.

The COVID era presented unique challenges, prompting Li to evolve, adapt, and innovate. Notably, Sha Li contributed to, an underlying value ecosystem developed by renowned crypto artist Pak. This involved a complex blockchain mechanism where NFTs were burned in exchange for social currencies, fostering knowledge exchange and artistic collaboration within the community. This experience profoundly influenced Sha Li's curatorial practice, inspiring her to devise collaborative, inventive, and decentralized approaches. She explores digital solutions and embraces peer-to-peer, process-driven methodologies to address ongoing challenges in the arts sector, creating new infrastructures that promote accessibility, connectivity, and transparency.

Sha Li has shared her insights on the impact of the pandemic on artistic practices through the Frank Davis Memorial Lecture series hosted by Dr. Wenny Teo at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Additionally, she taught the course "Co-creating Digital Art/Object, NFTs, and the Metaverse" at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, employing peer-to-peer collaborative tools, such as Miro Board, to inspire her students to learn from each other and engage in the creative thinking process collectively (a reflection made by her students can be viewed here).

Sha Li holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Integrated Media from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and a Master of Arts degree in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London.


Sha Li deeply appreciates the invaluable collaborations she has had the privilege of engaging in with numerous artists, curators, and researchers, including:

  • Aaron Ratajczyk
  • Adam Christensen
  • Andrew Thomas Huang
  • Angela Blanc
  • April Lin and Jasmine Lin
  • Ayesha Tan Jones
  • Bette Gordon
  • Cang Xin
  • Cerith Wyn Evans
  • Charlotte dos Santos
  • Chen Peifang
  • Chen Qiang
  • Chen Xi
  • Chen Wencun
  • Christine Sun Kim
  • Cui Yu
  • Deng Jianjin
  • Deborah Stratman
  • Dong Mo
  • Eva Gold
  • Fang He
  • Feng Zhixuan
  • Gaia Fugazza
  • Ge Yulu
  • Greg Hilty
  • Han Bo
  • Haroon Mirza
  • He Gong
  • He Xiangyu
  • Jade Barget
  • James Richards and Steve Reinke
  • Jesse Ash
  • Ji Xuefeng
  • Jin Haofan
  • Jin Jinjin
  • Jin Jinghong
  • Juan Po
  • Jade Barget
  • Ken McMullen
  • Ke Ming
  • Li Danni
  • Li Fei
  • Li Huiyi
  • Li JiKai
  • Li Jingxiong
  • Li Liao
  • Li Zhongwei
  • Li Zi
  • Lindsey Wiercioch
  • Liu Xinyi
  • Lu Shan
  • Luigi Galimberti
  • Luo Kai
  • Luxi Liu
  • Ma Jun
  • Mary Helena Clark
  • Matt Kane
  • Pak
  • Panos Fourtoulakis
  • Popo Fan
  • Pu Yingwei
  • Ren Lili
  • Sarah Zucker
  • Shahryar Nashat
  • Shen Boliang
  • Sidsel Meineche Hansen
  • Sin單 Wai慧 Kin乾 (formerly Victoria Sin)
  • Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi
  • Tan Tian
  • Tan Tan
  • Wang Haiyang
  • Wang Zhiyi
  • Wen Jing
  • Wenny Teo
  • Whiskey Chow
  • Yang Fan
  • Yang Fei
  • Yi-Ning Lin
  • Yu Tongzhou
  • Yuan Han
  • Zhang Chi
  • Zhang Jing
  • Zhu Xu
  • Zi Jie

(to be continued)