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.
Banu Çiçek Tülü was born in Adana, Turkey and now lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. In 2002 she worked as a writer at the magazine XXI and as an editor of the magazine Yeni Mimar. In 2009 Tülü began an Independent Study Program (PEI) at MACBA (Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona), where she has also worked as Assistant Curator. She is developing her final project about ‘gift economy’ for this program, which uses polysystem theory to question the relation between the economy and art production and focuses on e-flux journal as a case study. Tülü earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. In 2009, Tülü began a master’s program in Urban Design: Art, City and Society at Barcelona University Fine Arts Faculty.
In summer 2011, 10–14 curators from around the world were selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive for a rigorous 8-day schedule of workshops, discussions, critiques, and presentations, as well as site visits to local institutions, private collections and artists’ studios.read more »