Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations, and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.
Didier Schaub is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Doual’art in Douala, Cameroon. Doual’art is a research center of urban practices, established in 1991. Since its founding, Marilyn Douala-Bell and Schaub have jointly organized artistic and cultural projects with the aim to stimulate collective processes of urban development. Doual’art has invited numerous contemporary artists to engage with the city of Douala and its cultural and urban identities. The organization places art at the heart of society, as a vector of change, development, and most crucially, as an effective means to fight indigence and poverty. By producing site-specific urban interventions, doual’art works as an intermediary between social and economic actors, people and local authorities. It perceives cultural and artistic initiatives as a tool for consolidating freedom of expression and social cohesion.
Developed by Independent Curators International in collaboration with the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, the Curatorial Intensive: Contemporary Curatorial Practice will examine the pragmatics of organizing exhibitions, while addressing the specificities of curating in the African context.read more »