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.
Aissa Deebi is a Palestinian artist and a scholar who lives between Switzerland and the USA. His early work investigated the complexity of daily practices in post 1948 Palestine. Later, his work tackled issues of immigration and alienation, where he produced a body of works that interrogate the complex phenomena of cultural-migration in Diaspora reality. Deebi held several positions teaching art and design at various institutions, including the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton (UK), Centro de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Design (Mexico) and Chulalongkorn University (Thailand). In 2010, he joined the American University in Cairo, where he founded the Visual Cultures Program and served as director of the program and the Sharjah Gallery. He is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Design, College of the Arts, Montclair State University (USA).