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.
Ayako Osanai (b. 1976, Hokkaido, Japan) studied at the Department of Architecture, Musashino Art University. While working as a freelance designer, she launched an art unit Survivart with an artist Masaru Iwai, organizing talks and exhibitions for young artists. She has also worked as an assistant curator for Fumihiko Sumitomo on exhibitions such as Point: Korea-Japan Exchanging Artists and Critics Exhibition (Alternative Space LOOP, Korea, 2008; and Kyoto Art Center, Japan, 2010), Re:Membering (Doosan Art Center, Korea, 2010), and Daegu Photo Biennale 2012 (Daegu, Korea). From February 2010 through September 2011, Osanai was a program coordinator of 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Tokyo), planning and managing exhibitions and special events. While juggling various roles such as coordinator, art director, and designer, she established Whole Hole Hall in her home, opening the space for artists’ residencies, unconventional talks, and film screenings. Since April 2012, Osanai has been an MA student in the Department of Intermedia Art, Faculty of Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts, researching the possibility of recording artistic expression and storytelling.
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 »