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.
Ieva Astahovska currently lives and works in Riga, Latvia as an art scholar, critic, and curator. Since 2005 she has worked at the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, where she had lead research projects about contemporary art writing, including the publication Trespassers. Contemporary Art of the 1980s (2005), and research on Latvian Soviet period nonconformist art heritage (2009–2010). She has lectured, published texts about contemporary art, and written a book about the history of Janis Rozentāls Rīga Art High School (Neputns, 2006). She has recently co-curated the exhibitions 90s with a Different Gaze (2010), Movements, Explorations, Artists in Latvia. 1960–1984 (2010), and Parallel Chronologies (2011).
Visionary Worlds is an exhibition about visionary and utopian realities existing in imagination rather than in the real world, yet essentially illuminating limits of the real world. The exhibition focuses on how the concept of visionarism and imagination about future realities has changed from the past forty years until today.read more »
In summer 2011, 10–14 curators from around the world were selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive for a rigorous 8-day schedule of workshops, discussions, critiques, and presentations, as well as site visits to local institutions, private collections and artists’ studios.read more »