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.
Elizabeth Matheson, President of Strandline Curatorial Collective, has fifteen years of experience as an independent curator, lecturer, and writer in the field of contemporary art/film/media. She has worked on notable lens-based projects with internationally recognized artists and filmmakers Rebecca Belmore (Canada), Janet Cardiff (Canada), Joan Foncuberta (Spain), Jo Spence (U.K.), Lourdes Portillo (U.S./Mexico), and Rosângela Rennó (Brazil); and on a series of curatorial projects investigating filmic architecture and cinematic events in urban renewal. Currently she is a collaborator on Atom Egoyan in Media Res, the first retrospective exhibition on the film installation work of Atom Egoyan, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She has worked with artist-run centers, galleries, and cultural organizations in Canada, and organized conferences in a number of institutions. Matheson lectures widely, most recently at Cambridge University’s Moving Image and Institution: Cinema and the Museum in the 21st Century. Matheson also has developed pioneering approaches to collaborative and cross-disciplinary work including the co-founding of the Strandline Curatorial Collective. She serves as an advisor to Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art (Toronto) and the Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam), and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT). She has been published internationally, and her works have been translated into several languages, including the following publications: Un Portrait de Deux: L’Oeuvre d’Esther Shalev-Gerz (2012); Traces et disparitions dans l’oeuvre d’Oscar Muñoz (2009); Monografía: Rosângela Rennó (2009); A Última Foto (2008); and iyiniwak anohc (1996). Matheson has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and is a recipient of the Management of the Arts Certificate from the Banff Centre.
Meet in the Middle is a durational series of events, organized by Elizabeth Matheson and Christine Ramsay, taking place in Regina, Saskatchewan, from Spring 2014 to Spring 2016.read more »
Join ICI and the Fall 2013 Curatorial Intensive on Tuesday, October 15 for a daylong public symposium where the participants will present the exhibition and project proposals that they have developed through the program.read more »
Curating Time-Based Media is a ten-day professional development program that offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions featuring durational art, installations, performance, dance, video, film, and sound art.read more »