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.
Tess Maunder works as a curator, writer and editor in the Asia-Pacific region. She currently works as a Curatorial Collegiate for the 11th Shanghai Biennale curatorial team, led by Chief Curators: Raqs Media Collective. The biennale is called Why Not Ask Again? and will run from 11 November 2016 – 12 March 2017 at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, China. This year Tess was awarded the prestigious 2016 MPavilion / Art Monthly Australasia Writing Award, where she will be presenting and publishing writing about Australian Indigenous artist Archie Moore. She is a founding Co-Director of the trans-national editorial initiative: Approximating, between New Delhi, Yogyakarta, Manila and Brisbane. Her recent independent curatorial projects include: the Curator of Anywhere Elsewhere at Jan Murphy Gallery, (2015) Brisbane, Co-Curator of the exhibition: Herding Islands session: Intervention, Reaction and Violence, conceived by Renan Laru-an at the University of the Philippines, (2015) Manila, and the Curator of the Subtropic Complex at the Institute of Modern Art (2014), Brisbane. Recent curatorial workshops, training and conferences that she has participated in, include Para Site’s workshop for young professionals (2016) in Hong Kong, The Australia India Youth Dialogue (2016) in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mohali, 4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s Curators Intensive (2014) Sydney, the 5th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course with Maria Lind (2013) in Gwangju and the Independent Curators International (ICI) Curatorial Intensive: What Does It Mean To Be International? held at Mori Art Museum (2013) in Tokyo. Prior to joining the Shanghai Biennale Curatorial team, Maunder worked in a programming capacity at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. In 2017, Maunder will be undertaking curatorial research during a funded residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York, which will result in a publishing outcome.
Curatorial Intensive alumna Tess Maunder will discuss how contemporary Indigenous Australian practices are being represented and contextualized at an international level.read more »
Developed by ICI in collaboration with the Mori Art Museum, the Curatorial Intensive: What Does it Mean to be International? will examine the current state of the Asian contemporary art scene within the larger global context.read more »