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.
Kimia Maleki (M.A., Arts Administration and Policy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2016; B.A., University of the Arts, Tehran, 2012) is interested in historiography, archiving, and curatorial practice, especially as pertains to Iran. During her undergraduate studies, she created the first comprehensive art students magazine (Gahname Honar), and, more recently, she completed an M.A. thesis entitled “State of Art Archiving in Iran: Now & Then.” She published “Weaving History: Ziegler Co. and the Making of Iran’s Carpet Industry” (Ajam Media Collective, 2014), and curated an exhibition at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries of the Art Institute of Chicago titled “Islamic Art at the Art Institute: A Century of Exhibitions and Acquisitions,” 2016, and “Sedentary Fragmentation,” 2017 in Heaven Gallery. She has also served as the head of archive and special collections at Stony Island Arts Bank (2016), Intercultural Engagement coordinator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016-17), and project assistant at the Persepolis Fortification Archive, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (2017).