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.
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 2019 New Orleans program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »