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.
Jorell Legaspi is a curator based in Doha, Qatar. Although born and raised in the Arab Gulf, his involvement in curatorial practice began in the Philippines. As Cultural and Public Relations Officer at the Alliance Française de Manille from 2003 to 2005, he was responsible for exhibitions and events production, communications, and maintaining relationships with artists, media, patrons, and galleries. In 2005, he returned to Qatar where he worked in magazine publishing and as a photographer. In 2010, Legaspi joined the founding team of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art as Creative Head of Communications. Collaborating with its curatorial and strategy teams in shaping the museum’s public image and identity before and after opening, he managed the delivery of a wide range of brand applications, exhibition graphics, educational and interpretive resources, multimedia content, publications, and advertising campaigns. Recent projects include: “Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab” (2011), “Tea with Nefertiti” (2012), “Adel Abdessemed: L’âge d’or” (2013), the “Pop-up Mathaf” series and Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum. From 2013 to 2015, Legaspi served as Head of Publications at the Museum of Islamic Art where he established and led editorial and design workflows for all printed collateral and interpretive materials. He also authored the museum’s first publications policy and started its internal publications committee. He received a BA in Broadcast Communication at the University of the Philippines in 2001. Currently, he is completing his MA in Museum and Gallery Practice studies at UCL Qatar, an offshore campus of University College London. He recently completed a three-month placement at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) where he assisted in the Education and Public Practice department’s Public Dialogue curatorial projects.
The participants of the Curatorial Intensive in Manila will each present their exhibition and project proposals they have developed throughout the course of the week.read more »