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.
Colin Chinnery is an artist and curator based in Beijing. He is currently Artistic Director of the Wuhan Art Terminus (WH.A.T.), a contemporary art institution under development in Wuhan, China; and Founder/Director of the Multitude Art Project, a pan-Asian inter-institutional collaborative exhibition and conference programme. He was Director in 2009 and 2010 of ShContemporary Art Fair in Shanghai, and before that, Chinnery was Chief Curator / Deputy Director at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing, where he was instrumental in setting up China’s first major contemporary art institution. Between 2003 and 2006, as Arts Manager for the British Council in Beijing, he initiated major projects in experimental theatre, live art, sound art, and visual arts, bringing a wider public into contact with experimental practice. Chinnery is contributing editor to Frieze magazine, Contemporary Visual Art+Culture Broadsheet, and Randian Online. An active artist in his own right, Chinnery in 2013 founded the Beijing Sonic Reenactment Project, a long-term project recreating the history of Beijing from the Republican era to the present day using only sound, a project combining multiple disciplines. He also co-founded the Complete Art Experience Project (2005-6), an artists’ collective whose works were presented in several important exhibitions in China and United States. Chinnery has also served as artistic advisor to a wide range of institutions and events, ranging from Tate Collections to Norman Foster’s Beijing International Airport.
The Curatorial Seminar will focus on Istanbul as a case study, exploring a number of key issues that challenge our understanding of what constitutes an emerging art scene, the strengths and pitfalls of working within such a context…read more »