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.
Tandazani Dhlakama is a curator from Zimbabwe. She recently completed a six-month curatorial training program with the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to that, she was based in Leeds, United Kingdom, where she obtained her MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies. Her MA dissertation was an exploration of new contemporary art spaces in Africa, providing insight into how and why alternative art spaces have mushroomed all over the continent. Her Bachelor’s degree was in Political Science and Fine Art in Canton, New York, USA. Dhlakama has interned and volunteered at various art spaces in different countries. She has worked at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe for 3 years, in the Marketing Department and later, leading the Education Department. She has curated several exhibitions including co-curating ZimbabweIN Design (April-May 2014). This created a platform were Zimbabwean designers in numerous disciplines could showcase their work. This exhibition celebrated and explored various forms of locally inspired design at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ). She also co-curated Woman at the Top (March- April 2014). This project brought together 50 women artists for an exhibition interrogating what success means for women in the Zimbabwean society, as part of the European Union’s “EU Promotes Women’s Excellence” campaign at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Dhlakama also curated, Engaging with “the Other” (May –June 2013). This was a young artist group exhibition featuring nine artists at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Over the years, she has contributed writing to two Zimbabwean magazines Jewel Magazine and Stitch.
Curated by Tandazani Dhlakama, Home-Sick is an exploration of the idea of being sick of home, having anxiety or exhaustion because of one’s environment, city, nation or state.read more »
The participants of Curatorial Intensive in Dakar will each present their exhibition and project proposals they have workshopped throughout the course of the week.read more »