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.
Kari Cwynar is a curator and editor living in Toronto, Canada. She is Curator at Evergreen Brick Works, where she is developing a program of temporary public art projects in Toronto’s Don River Valley. The program launched in 2017 with new public works by Duane Linklater, Maria Hassabi and Life of a Craphead. Cwynar is also Editorial Director of C Magazine, where she has been since 2015. In 2014, Cwynar and artist Kara Hamilton co-founded the occasional project space and publishing house Kunstverein Toronto, where they have organized and published projects with Carolee Schneemann, Raimundas Malašauskas, Marcos Lutyens, Tamara Henderson, Angie Keefer, Steve Kado, Rachelle Sawatsky and cheyanne turions, Jason Dodge and CAConrad, Glenn Lewis, Derya Akay, Maryse Larivière and Andrew James Paterson, among others. Cwynar studied Art History at Queen’s University and Carleton University, earning her MA in 2010, and later participated in the de Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam. She has held curatorial research positions at The Banff Centre, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario, and has participated in curatorial and writing residencies at Fogo Island Arts, the Banff Centre and SOMA Mexico. Cwynar also writes on contemporary art for publications including Artforum, Frieze, C Magazine and Inuit Art Quarterly.
Participants in ICI’s fall Curatorial Intensive present new exhibition proposals in a daylong symposium.read more »