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.
Kimia Maleki (M.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago; B.A., University of the Arts, Tehran) is interested in historiography, archiving, and curatorial practice, especially as pertains to Iran. During her undergraduate studies, she created the first comprehensive art students magazine (Gahname Honar), and, more recently, she completed an M.A. thesis entitled “State of Art Archiving in Iran: Now & Then.” She curated an exhibition at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries of the Art Institute of Chicago titled “Islamic Art at the Art Institute: A Century of Exhibitions and Acquisitions,” 2016, and “Sedentary Fragmentation,” 2017 in Heaven Gallery. She has also served as the head of archive and special collections at Stony Island Arts Bank (2016), Intercultural Engagement coordinator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016-17), and project assistant at the Persepolis Fortification Archive, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (2017).
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2018 New Orleans program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »