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.
Bakirathi Mani is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies in the Department of English Literature at Swarthmore College. Her essays on South Asian immigration, popular culture, and globalization have been published in a number of academic journals. She has curated public talks, panels and film festivals featuring Asian American and South Asian artists in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as in Philadelphia. Bakirathi Mani earned her Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (2002), an M.A. in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University (1997), and B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University (1995). In 2009-10 she worked with artists, curators and gallery owners in New York City as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University.
Imaginary Homelands is an exhibition of contemporary art by artists of Pakistani, Indian, and Bangladeshi descent based in the United States.read more »