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 makes texts and exhibitions which find points of connection between our emotional lives and quotidian collaborations, and between our regional histories and landscapes. She works in conversation with artists, poets, activists, community-builders, and loved ones. She writes for a variety of international arts publications and serves as contributing editor at Arts + Culture Texas; her essays have appeared in numerous artist monographs and exhibition catalogs. August is a recipient of The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her writing in Central America, and she served as critic-in-residence at the Core Program at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2016-2018. In 2018, she curated James Dean Pruner: Tell it to the Horses (MFAH); Kevin Frank Pellecer: In Case of Natural Disaster (Harrisburg Studios); the XXI Paiz Biennial (with Gerardo Mosquera, Maya Juracán & Esperanza de León); and Mud & Blue (sites across Houston). Other curatorial projects have included work at artist-run spaces, galleries, museums, and universities in the U.S. and Central America. She is founding director of Yvonne, a residential project space in Guatemala City. In 2019, August is at work on a book-length essay about mud, corn, and historical violence in the Americas, and she is finishing a translation of poetry/art criticism by Mexican artist and writer Nahui Olin. She lives in Guatemala City and Houston.
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 »