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.
Balamohan Shingade is a writer, curator of contemporary art, and an occasional performer of Indian classical music. He is a Masters graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts, where he was formerly a teaching fellow. Shingade is currently the Assistant Director of St Paul St Gallery at Auckland University of Technology. His research focuses on theories of community, asceticism and political withdrawal.
As a writer, Shingade has contributed to art-agenda at e-flux, Art News New Zealand, Art + Australia Online, Artlink Australia, Christchurch Art Gallery’s Bulletin, University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture, Pantograph Punch, and more. As a curator, he has contributed to Field Recordings (2018) and Alex Monteith: Coastal Flows/Coastal Incursions (2017) at ST PAUL St Gallery, Isobel Thom: ILK (2016) and Soft Architecture (2016) at Malcolm Smith Gallery, Joyce Campbell: Te Taniwha and the Thread (2015) at Uxbridge Arts and Culture, and Thirty-six Views of Mount Taranaki (2013) for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s Open Window.
In collaboration with Artspace Aotearoa, ICI presents the first Curatorial Intensive in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. This Intensive draws upon the diverse cultural environment from Auckland and the greater te Moana Nui-a-Kiwa Pacific Ocean region. This Intensive anticipates Artspace Aotearoa’s new programme ‘The Drift,’ which will examine and respond to alternative approaches to artistic education.read more »