The Ars Fennica award panel has invited the Chinese-born USA-resident Hou Hanru to choose the Ars Fennica 2008 award winner.
Hou Hanru is well-known as a dynamic, innovative curator and art critic with a great deal of professional experience from various parts of the world. He was born in 1963, in Guangzhou (formerly known as Canton in English) in China, and has lived in Paris since 1990. In China Hou studied art history, his subsidiary subjects being painting, performance, installation and architectural research. Since 2006, Hou Hanru has worked at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has previously held professorships in Amsterdam and in Antwerp, Belgium.
Recent major exhibitions that Hou Hanru has curated include: Istanbul Biennial 2007; Chinese pavilion Venice Biennale 2007; Guangzhou Triennial 2005; Tirana Biennial, Albania, 2005; Venice Biennale 2003; and Gwangju Biennale, Korea, 2002.
He is a consultant for several international cultural institutions, and has written for numerous exhibition catalogues and art magazines. Hou has been on the juries for several international art awards.