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.
Christine Tohme is a Beirut-based cultural organizer, art activist and curator. In 1994, she founded Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for the Plastic Arts, a non-profit organization that initiates and supports contemporary artistic practice. Through her work, she provides a platform for free thought and critical discourse in Lebanon, promotes and develops critical reflection and cultural theory, and fosters regional and international cultural exchange. In 2001, Tohme initiated Home Works: A Forum on Cultural Practices. In 2006, she received the Prince Claus Award Award, in recognition of her achievements in stimulating local multi-disciplinary art production and art criticism.
Following the widespread popularity and success of PROJECT 35, ICI is collaborating with 35 more international curators to produce PROJECT 35 VOLUME 2. This program of single-channel videos is selected by 35 international curators who each chose one work from an artist they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today.read more »