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.
Joel Butler is an independent curator and researcher from the Dominican Republic, currently living in Spain. With a background in photography and graphic design, he has undertaken curatorial studies and practices since 2014. From 2015 through 2018 he worked as Visual Arts Curator and Exhibitions Coordinator at Centro León in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He is an alumnus of the Curando Caribe program for curatorial studies developed in 2015 by Centro León and Centro Cultural de España en Santo Domingo. Joel was part of the core team for Tilting Axis 4 (2018); a Contemporary Caribbean Art Symposium founded in 2014 by Fresh Milk and ARC Magazine. He was part of the professoriate of the Diploma Degree in Contemporary Art Production and Management at La Escuela de Diseño Altos de Chavón and has taught short courses in art appreciation, creative thinking, and photography. Joel is currently studying for a master’s degree in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and he is working in the Exhibitions department at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía as part of the master’s internship program.
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2019 New Orleans program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »