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.
Raquel Wilson is an independent curator, anthropologist and cultural strategist who explores the mutation of visual and performing arts across cultures. Dedicated to keeping access and education in the forefront of art conversations, she is a Senior Partner at Young Art Collector, an art consultancy that engages artists and collectors in supporting an inclusive and lucrative global art community. Formerly Curatorial Director for the Brooklyn-based arts organization DOPE SWAN, Raquel was responsible for guiding the professional practices of emerging artists, and providing programming that engaged and connected creative talents with the local community. Raquel has curated several exhibitions including the 13e édition de Dakar Women’s Group Art Show (Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, 2015), Figuro Abstro: Sink or Swim (Dak’Art Contemporary Art Biennale OFF 2014), No Jheri Curls & No Drugs: A David Lee Photo Exhibit (Brooklyn Historical Society, 2009), Brooklyn Influence featuring the work of Jamel Shabazz and Amanda Adams-Louis (Corridor Gallery, 2009) and a group showing of mixed media works from fifty artists in We’ve Gotta Have It!: Art Inspired by Spike Lee (Salena Gallery, 2009). For Dak’Art OFF 2016 (Dakar, Senegal), Raquel designed “La Ville et Moi: Art Adventure Mystery Hunt”, a programme that integrated and initiated children, ages 6–13, into art spaces around the city. As both anthropologist and curator, Raquel studies the transformation of traditional into contemporary art forms and is dedicated to keeping access and education in the forefront of art conversations. She divides her time between Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal.
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 »