Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, research and training opportunities for curators and diverse audiences around the world. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a hub that connects emerging and established curators, artists, and art spaces, forging international networks and generating new forms of collaborations. ICI provides access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.
Gürsoy Doğtaş is a freelance curator and author. He was a PhD candidate in the transdisciplinary post-graduate program Assemblies and Participation: Urban Publics and Performance at the HafenCity University in Hamburg, Germany (2012-14). He attended with his dissertation topic Agonistic exhibition strategies of a hegemonic exhibition complex: About the politics of the 13th Istanbul and the 7th Berlin Biennial, included at several symposiums such as: When exhibitions become politics. History and political strategies of exhibiting, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena/Germany (2014) and Turkey Studies in Germany III - Turkey in the field of collectivism and diversity, University of Hamburg (2014). From 2010-12, Doğtaş was part of the Kunstraum München, an art association focusing on political and conceptual art, where he organized an alternative academy called “Forms of Informal Research” (2011), and curated the first solo exhibition of Palestinian-Jordanian artist Oraib Toukan’s work, entitled Splice (2012). He writes for art magazines such as Texte zur Kunst, Frieze d/e, and Contemporary And. From 2007-2013 Doğtaş edited Matt Magazine, an artist-zine focusing on the tradition of conceptual art engaging with social and political action. The discursive themes of the magazine’s different issues are expanded by forms such as presentations, exhibitions, symposiums, and alternative academies including Kunstverein/Munich/2011, BAS/Istanbul/2010, Basso/Berlin/2008, Jan van Eyck Academie/Maastricht/2009, or Les Complices/Zurich/2007.
Focusing on new models for curating and exhibition development, ICI’s annual summer Curatorial Intensive offers curators the opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world and share ideas on how to push the parameters of their practice.read more »