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.
Portia Malatjie (b. 1985) is a Johannesburg based curator and art historian. Malatjie completed her Masters in History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2011, following a Fine Art degree at the same institution in 2008. Her curated exhibitions include Blissful Disturbance at the Michaelis Gallery (2011), CityTales and CountryScapes at Museum Africa (2011), Random Access at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios (2011), Transference at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2012), and [dis/play] at GoetheonMain and Ansteys Building (2012). Her writings have been published in the Mail & Guardian, Artthrob, and numerous exhibition catalogues, such as Alterating Conditions in 2012. In 2011, she participated in the 24 Hour Suburban Residency at the Sober and Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art in Johannesburg where she organized a one-day workshop for emerging curators. Malatjie is currently lecturing History of Art at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. She was guest curator for the 2012 MTN New Contemporaries Award; the exhibition was held at the historic Castle of Goodhope’s BBlock in Cape Town.
Developed by Independent Curators International in collaboration with the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, the Curatorial Intensive: Contemporary Curatorial Practice will examine the pragmatics of organizing exhibitions, while addressing the specificities of curating in the African context.read more »