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.
Maria Stepkina currently lives in Moscow and works at the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO as coordinator for contemporary art projects. She holds a degree in law from the Moscow State Linguistic University. She also studied art history at the Free University of Berlin from 2011-2013. Parallel to her education in Berlin, she worked at a contemporary art gallery and helped in the participation in the Preview Berlin Art Fair 2013. In her current position, she has curated several exhibitions of young contemporary artists, worked with art history students on an exhibition project, and coordinated an exhibition of recently acquired museum exhibits from 20 Russian museums as part of an international museums festival.
This August, ICI, in collaboration with Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, produces the Curatorial Intensive: Developing Infrastructures for Art in Moscow, Russia.read more »