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.
Presently the inaugural Kalamazoo Institute of Arts/Kalamazoo College Curatorial Fellow, Fari Nzinga works to diversify and expand the art history curriculum at K College, while building research and curatorial capacity for the KIA. Fari earned both her MA and PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. Based in New Orleans for nearly a decade, she conducted dissertation research on Black-led arts organizations and community building post-Katrina. She worked for 2 years at the New Orleans Museum of Art, where she facilitated institutional transformation around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. In April 2018, she independently produced and curated an exhibition, The Rent Is Too Damn High! in celebration of the New Orleans tricentennial. An emerging arts writer, fari has contributed essays to the Prospect 4 catalog, The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, as well as the exhibition catalog for Queen, a collection of works which highlighted the collection of CCH Pounder.
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2018 New Orleans program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »