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.
Kate Brehme is the founding director of Contemporary Art Exchange in Berlin, a curatorial and arts education platform that produces international projects and exhibitions of young and emerging artists. She has curated and organized several exhibitions along the themes of place and cultural identity, labour and work, globalisation, disability and socially engaged practices, including If One Were Two at Tete (2019), Glory Box at MeinBlau (2016), and Zusammenspiel at Das Gift (2014) all in Berlin, and Through the Looking Glass Dimly at the Edinburgh Art Festival (2012), Life:Death:Edinburgh:And at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (2010), and Neither Here Nor There at The Old Ambulance Depot in Edinburgh (2010).
Previously, Brehme worked as arts educator at various institutions and organizations such the National Galleries of Scotland, The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She received her Masters of Cultural Heritage in Museum Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia and recently completed her doctorate at Berlin’s Technical University’s Center for Metropolitan Studies exploring the contemporary art biennale and urban space.
Currently, Brehme divides her time between curating Contemporary Art Exchange projects, lecturing for both the Master Education in Arts programme at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and NODE Center for Curatorial Studies in Berlin and running Berlinklusion, a Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture co-founded with colleagues in 2017, to make Berlin’s arts and cultural sector more accessible for artists and audiences with disabilities.
The Curatorial Seminar will focus on Istanbul as a case study, exploring a number of key issues that challenge our understanding of what constitutes an emerging art scene, the strengths and pitfalls of working within such a context…read more »
The public symposium in Istanbul will present the research of the following seven international curators brought together for the Curatorial Seminar: Özge Ersoy, Mónica Espinel, Nazli Gurlek, Olga Hatzidaki, Kate Brehme, Anna Santomauro, and Claire Shea.read more »