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.
Laura August, PhD writes exhibitions and essays which find points of connection between our emotional lives and quotidian collaborations, and between our regional histories and landscapes. Since 2014, she has been working between the U.S. and Guatemala, where she founded a domestic project space named Yvonne. She holds a PhD in Art History and is a recipient of The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant: her writing has been published in Art Lies, Artishock, Art Review, Arts + Culture Texas, Gulf Coast, and Pastelegram, among other international magazines, exhibition catalogs, and artist monographs. She was a Core Critical Studies Fellow at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2016-2018 and, in 2018, she co-curated Guatemala’s Paiz Biennial. Her recent exhibitions include citysinging (Lawndale, Houston, TX), To look at the sea is to become what one is (Radiator Arts, NYC), Las heridas también pueden teñirse de azul (Centro Cultural de España, Guatemala), Stone’s Throw: Arte de Sanación, Arte de Resistencia (The Anderson, Richmond, VA), and To Weave Blue: Poema al tejido (University of Memphis, TN). Her work is defined by living with and alongside artists, developing conversations and collaborative relationships over long spans of time. The exhibitions she makes are conceptually and materially intertwined with her writing practice.
The Backroom is a digital space where to discover and navigate art from a perspective that, beyond the artistic object or artifact, reveals how it is a continuous and relational exercise. Every two weeks from September 2020 to January 2021, guest curators will be presenting what nourishes and inform the practices of three artists of their choice: objects of desire, personal archives, libraries, artistic research, music, routines, films, biographies; art is in a permanent exchange with the world that surrounds it.read more »
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2019 New Orleans program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »