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.
Born of Kabuye Benedict family, Balimunsi Philip is an independent curator and artist based at Philbal art studio. He is pursuing an interest in Ugandan art history in relation to contemporary practice. With great desire to reshape the arena of experience, he was introduced to curating in 2013 and by 2014 had initiated the exploration of creativity as a social response to human interaction with extremely difficult spheres of life as his major subject of inspiration. Balimunsi holds a Bachelor Degree in Industrial and Fine Arts from Makerere University. He received curatorial training and scholarship from Independent Curators International, Addis Ababa- Ethiopia and was admitted for Zeitz MOCAA curatorial training programme, South Africa. He is a national award winning artist and art judge of Youth Alive Uganda, a committee member of Uganda Visual Artists and Designers’ Association (UVADA), a member of 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust and Bayimba foundation. He is a co-curator of the “Know Go Zone”, “Dance in the City” (2013), “KLAART014” (2014), and a curator of the “DADs” (2016), “Effects of Climate Change”, “JAMAFEST”, “Art Creates Water” and “Know Way Out” exhibitions (2017). Balimunsi was invited as an East African curatorial regional nominator for KfW Stiftung artist-in-residence programme in Berlin- German and has featured on a number of panel discussions including; “Curation of public spaces” with Zoe Whitley and “Points of Orientation” with Dr. Fiona Siegenthaler (2017) and he’s currently publishing a sequel of interviews titled “Art crossroads with Ugandan Mastery”.
This May, ICI, in collaboration with Zoma Contemporary Art Center (ZCAC), produces the Curatorial Intensive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.read more »