Ruixuan Li is an independent curator, writer, art researcher and instructor who is currently based in Ithaca, NY. She has co-curated and contributed to several multimedia exhibitions and public events for art institutions in San Francisco Bay Area, such as Spectrum Art Auction, Essinova, Wattis Institute for the Contemporary Arts, and Kadist Art Foundation, etc. Her exhibition proposals have been shortlisted in several competitions host by art organizations such as apexart in New York City and FY Foundation in Shanghai. Alongside her curatorial work, she has been a contributing writer for The Arts Newspaper China, ARTCO, and @LOFT Magazine for many years. 

Ruixuan received a Master of Arts in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management at The Ohio State University. She used to serve as a Project Coordinator at ZARA to set up its first online shop in Asia and later worked as the Store Manager at Artron Art Center’s Gallery Store.

Attracted by Red Hook’s urban-retreat location and anti-Manhattan lifestyle, Ruixuan Li is going to conduct research and collect oral history from the community during her residence. She would refer or adapt the regional stories and eventually create urban legends that are born from the neighborhood, so as to endow the final work with the locals’ common emotions and belongingness. 

To narrate the complexity of residents’ desires, preoccupations and fears of this era, Ruixuan would blend her storytelling with manipulated images, audios, found objects, and a fictive 3D model of Red Hook to fabricate contemporary myths which would provide alternative readings of the neighborhood’s recovery after the tragedy in 2012 and waterfront development. It would be a collection of fairy-tale-like visual essay, a multifaceted city profile, and a veiled elegy.