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, author and cultural scholar, explores the queer politics of the feeling of hüzün – a culturally specific sort of melancholy in the Turkish-language region – in the music of the Turkish singer Zeki Müren. In 2014, he edited with Alejandra Labastida the publication The Politics of the Melancholic Voice – Zeki Müren’s ‘Kahır Mektubu’ (Letter of Sorrow) in the frame of ICI in New York. In 2017, he was invited by the Wiener Festwochen to a reading performance drawing from his novel project Zeki Müren – The Displayed Life (An Unauthorized Biography). In the winter semester of 2017/18, he held the reading seminar Writing the gay self: Diaries, Autobiographies and Autofictions at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 2018, he will expand his research on Rembetiko (music in the tradition of the Ottoman Empire) with a curator grant from the Goethe-Institute in Thessaloniki. He curated the discursive program for Public Art Munich 2018.
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 »