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.
Hassan Darsi’s artistic practice is strongly infused with his experiences, his daily life, and his environment, which manifests in his process, through multiple mediums and often in the form of participatory projects. In 1995 he founded the project La Source du Lion in Casablanca. In 1999 Darsi began developing work on and with gilding, using golden adhesive as his material of choice for covering objects—dolls, a garden chair, a television, tanks, teeth…but also public spaces, including, notably, the façade of an art gallery in Casablanca in 2007, the concrete blocks of the pier on the port of Guia de Isora in Tenerife in 2008 and those on the port of Marseille in 2012. In 2001, he started the series “Portraits de famille” in which, from 2001 to 2007, the inhabitants of seven cities around the world were invited to pose in his mobile studio. The Hermitage Park project, developed in the form of “artistic bridges” from 2002 to 2008, marked the beginning of a series of actions and projects engaged with questions about the city, architecture and public spaces: “Le lion se meurt,” “Le passage de la modernité,” “Le square d’en bas,” “Point zéro,” “Le toit du monde,” “Chantiers en or”… Along with these projects, he has participated in numerous international exhibitions in art centers, museums and biennales. His works have been the subject of several studies and publications throughout the world, and are in numerous public and private collections in Morocco and abroad. Recently “Le Projet de la Maquette” was acquired by the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
This November, ICI will organize the Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town, South Africa in collaboration with the Institute for Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town. The program will coincide with Infecting the City, the longest running public arts festival in the country, curated by Jay Pather.read more »