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.
Ece Pazarbaşı is a curator based in Istanbul and Berlin. She has an interest in alternative education, and since 2007 has been generating projects in public spaces––in both urban and rural locations. In April 2013, with grant funding, she took part in Olafur Eliasson’s Institution for Spatial Experiments. Recently, she was the Istanbul Coordinator for the New Museum’s “New York’s Ideas City: Istanbul”; curator of Silent Shape of Things at ARTER Istanbul (2012); and co-curator, with René Block, of the exhibitions 12/12 and Turkish Art Nice and Simple at Tanas Berlin (2011–12). Since 2009, she has been curating audio walks in various cities. From 2001–03 she acted as Assistant Director at Proje4L-Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art, and from 2002–09 she was the Executive Assistant to the Director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, where she has also taken on several freelance projects. She was the Assistant Curator of the 52nd Venice Biennial Turkish Pavilion (2007); Director of the ongoing education and festival program, Meeting Point, since 2007; Project Manager of Orhan Pamuk: Museum of Innocence for Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2007–08); and Contemporary Art Exhibitions Director at Pera Museum (2005–06). In 2009 and 2010 she worked as Consultant and Program Specialist of Visual Arts for Turkey at the Strategic Planning and Development Department for Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, UAE. She was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of CUMA /// Contemporary Utopia Management (2008–12), where she was the curator and director of its artistic projects. She continues her artistic projects with CAMP, Contemporary Amplifier for Multidisciplinary Practices.
Join ICI and the Spring 2014 Curatorial Intensive on Tuesday, March 25 for a daylong public symposium where the participants will present the exhibition and project proposals that they have developed through the program.read more »
This March, Independent Curators International (ICI) produces the Curatorial Intensive: Considering Publics and Contexts, a ten-day professional development program that offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions.read more »