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.
Joseph Gergel is an independent curator and art adviser based in Lagos, Nigeria. Over the last four years, he has worked closely with contemporary African artists to produce exhibitions in Lagos, Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York, London, Miami, Amsterdam and Dubai. He has served as co-curator for three editions of the LagosPhoto Festival, the international festival of photography in Nigeria, as well as a curator for the African Artists’ Foundation, a Nigerian non-profit organization. Gergel currently works as a Curatorial Adviser to Art Twenty One and Arthouse Contemporary, two contemporary art spaces in Lagos, as well as a curator for Moon Man Studios, a creative agency based in London. He is also the director of the Arthouse Foundation, a non-profit artist residency program in Lagos. During his time in Nigeria, Gergel has developed public art programs in partnership with the Ford Foundation, Prince Claus Fund, and the Mondrian Fund. He has also written for contemporary art publications including Foam Magazine, Aperture, British Journal of Photography, DIS Magazine, and Art Africa. He received a Master’s Degree in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University and a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, with a concentration in Photography and the Philosophy of Images.
The participants of the Curatorial Intensive in Accra will each present their exhibition and project proposals they have developed throughout the course of the program.read more »