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.
Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator committed to fostering a transnational art world. Her plural and long-range vision addresses the concerns of underrepresented regions and artists alongside the more established in manifold forums. As the Founding Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) since 2013, Campbell Betancourt has developed DAS into the foremost research and exhibition platform for art in South and Southeast Asia and it is the world’s highest daily visited contemporary art exhibition. For Srihatta, an Art Centre and Sculpture park that will soon be the foundation’s permanent home, she is curating the inaugural exhibition from the Samdani Art Foundation’s collection that she has been entrusted with forming as well as commissioning long-term process-based site-specific installations in the landscape and developing the foundation’s ongoing education and public programmes. Concurrent to her work in Bangladesh, from 2016 to 2018 Campbell Betancourt was the Founding Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects, a non-profit international residency and exhibition program with sites in Manila and Bataan. Campbell Betancourt was curator of Frieze Projects in London for 2018 and 2019, realizing significant performance commissions as well as the Frieze Artist Award. She chairs the board of the Mumbai Art Room, one of India’s leading non-profit spaces. Through her exhibitions, artist commissions, education outreach, teaching and scholarly cross-pollination in conjunction with academic research centres, Campbell Betancourt is laying the groundwork for valuable cross-cultural dialog, nurturing solidarity across the Global South, and the necessary rewriting of art history for our collective future. Educated at Princeton University, Campbell Betancourt has been living and working across Asia since 2010. She currently lives in Brussels and Dhaka.