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.
João Laia (1981, Lisbon) is a writer and curator with a background in social sciences, film theory and contemporary art. He publishes regularly in magazines and newspapers such as Frieze, Mousse and Público and curates the moving image section of IndieLisboa Festival. Past collaborations include BES Arte e Finança in Lisbon, CCCB - Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, Waterpieces Festival in Riga, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Cell Project Space, Delfina Foundation and Whitechapel Gallery in London. In 2014 he was in residency at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin and in Barcelona co-founded The Green Parrot, a non-profit space dedicated to contemporary art practices. He is currently member of the curatorial team of the 19th edition of Videobrasil, a contemporary art festival dedicated to the Global South that takes place from October to December 2015 in São Paulo.
João Laia’s exhibition presents a selection of recent works that reflect upon the use of the sea as a symbolic agent.read more »
Developed by ICI in collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Derry~Londonderry, the Curatorial Intensive: From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives will examine the role of cultural production in addressing geopolitical landscapes and recent histories.read more »