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.
Mai Abu ElDahab
Mai Abu ElDahab is a freelance curator from Cairo living in Brussels, Belgium, where she was Director of the non-profit art space Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp (2007-12). There, she curated a program of solo exhibitions by Guy Ben-Ner, Mariana Castillo-Deball, Michael Stevenson, Hassan Khan, Michael Portnoy, Norma Jeane, Tim Etchells, Patricia Esquivias, and Barbara Visser, amongst many others. She also edited and co-edited several publications including After Berkeley (2012), From Berkeley to Berkeley (2011), Circular Facts (2011), and Hassan Khan “The Agreement” (2011). Along with frequent speaking engagements, she most recently commissioned and produced a record of songs written and composed by artists entitled “Behave Like an Audience” to be published by Sternberg Press in March 2013.
As part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective—an itinerant public discussion series featuring international curators—Mai Abu ElDahab (co-curator of the 2014 Liverpool Biennial) will present her current research interests and curatorial projects.read more »
Developed by ICI in collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Derry~Londonderry, the Curatorial Intensive: From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives will examine the role of cultural production in addressing geopolitical landscapes and recent histories.read more »
Project 35 is a program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who have each chosen one work by an artist that they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting compendium is released in four installments and is presented simultaneously in an ever-expanding number of venues.read more »