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.
Independent curator and researcher, F. Clementine Dramani-Issifou is graduated from Sorbonne University in Media, Economics and Urban Planning. She practices curating as an expanded creative field and experiments with the political aesthetics, social living, in dialogue between the visual arts, literature, thought, cinema and urbanism. She promotes an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to all forms of creation, with emphasis on research, production, training and dissemination to construct new formulas cutting across disciplines. She initiated the Festival des Nouveaux Cinemas Documentaires on African contemporary films and video art, in Paris, Porto Novo, Lome and Phnom Penh. Since January 2017, she is the curator of ä f r o t o p i ä, a curatorial platform she created for Afro-cosmopolitan visual arts, cinema and thought (http://www.afrotopia.fr). In 2018, she published an essay « Curating African films : a transpoetic of the African presence to the World ». In 2018-2019, she is researcher in residence at the School of Fine Arts in Clermont-Ferrand (France). Her research is about « African cinemas », « interstitial cinemas » and African descents representation in collective consciousness. She is regularly invited in France, in the USA to talk about these topics in museums and universities. She is currently doing a Ph D.
The participants of Curatorial Intensive in Dakar will each present their exhibition and project proposals they have workshopped throughout the course of the week.read more »