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.
João Laia is curator and writer with a background in social sciences, film theory and contemporary art. Recent theme exhibitions include Transmissions from the Etherspace (2017) at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, H Y P E R C O N N E C T E D (2016) at MMOMA - Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 5th International Biennial of Young Art and Hybridize or Disappear (2015) at MNAC - National Museum of Contemporary Art, Lisbon. During 2012-13, Laia completed the post-graduate research programme CuratorLab at Konstfack, Stockholm. In 2014 he was in the curatorial residency programme of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. He co-curated the 19th and 20th editions of the Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil (2014–18), São Paulo. Other exhibitions, performance programs and screenings were held at CAC – Contemporary Art Center (Vilnius), Kurzfilmtage – International Short Film Festival (Oberhausen), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Parque Lage (Rio de Janeiro), Xcèntric / CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and MAAT (both in Lisbon), Cell Project Space, DRAF – David Roberts Art Foundation, Delfina Foundation, South London Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery (all in London). Laia is a contributor of Mousse magazine and collaborates with publications such as frieze, Spike Art Quarterly, Flash Art or Terremoto.
João Laia’s exhibition presents a selection of recent works that reflect upon the use of the sea as a symbolic agent.read more »
Developed by ICI in collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Derry~Londonderry, the Curatorial Intensive: From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives will examine the role of cultural production in addressing geopolitical landscapes and recent histories.read more »