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.
José López Serra
José López Serra is a cultural agent based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since 2015, he has co-directed Hidrante, a no-budget independent project space in San Juan. Hidrante functions as a curatorial studio of sorts, with an open programming that frequently works to introduce new artists and practices to the Puerto Rican context. López Serra was a fellow curator at Beta-Local’s La Práctica in 2017-2018. In 2017, he participated in the ICI’s Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans. He received his BA in Public Communications and Photography from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus in 2015.
Join ICI and Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, for this conversation about The Backroom with the five curators who contributed to this latest iteration of the project. In two bilingual panels available in Spanish and English, the curators will discuss their involvement in the project, the artists they selected, and how The Backroom has offered a model for engagement with art beyond the art object, a return to the importance of the artistic process, research and the archive.read more »
Save the date: Wednesday February 24, for a conversation with the five curators who contributed to this iteration of The Backroom, Andrea Valencia Arnada, Laura August, Jaime Ruíz Martínez, Humberto Moro, and José López Serra. The event will be introduced by Magalí Arriola, Kate Fowle, and Renaud Proch, who together founded The Backroom in 2005.read more »
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2017 New Orleans program will each present their exhibition and project proposals, which they have developed over the course of the program.read more »