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.
La Keisha Leek
La Keisha Leek is a Brooklyn-based arts professional and Manager for the Kenan Project in Public Programs and Engagement at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to relocating to NY, she produced exhibitions and projects throughout the City of Chicago. She was a Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellow (2016) and a Chicago Artists Coalition HATCH Projects Curatorial Resident (2014-2015). From 2012-2015, she was the Executive Administrator and Special Projects Manager to Theaster Gates where she provided day-to-day administration to the artist, in addition to coordinating programs and visiting artist residencies. Her publication How to Make A Hood (Candor Arts, 2015) is a meditation on the misconceptions of Black bodies and their environment, and lives as an extension of the 2014 exhibition of the same title. The publication has been acquired by special collections including The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University; Houghton Library, Harvard University; Pacific Northwest College of Art; Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and New York Public Library. She received her BA in Art History from Columbia College Chicago.
The participants of Curatorial Intensive in Dakar will each present their exhibition and project proposals they have workshopped throughout the course of the week.read more »