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-Kristiina Soomre is currently an adviser on visual arts at the Estonian Ministry of Culture and a PhD candidate in Art History writing her dissertation on the exhibitionary practices of the Soviet era. Since 2000, Soomre has been writing art criticism for the Estonian press and served as an art editor for a local, cultural, weekly publication. In 2003, she was the administrator for the Estonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. From 2004-11, she initiated an electronic music festival, Kumu ÖÖ; produced the TV art program AKU; and organized seminars, conferences, and performances at the Kumu Art Museum. As a curator, her exhibitions explored archival studies, pan-historical blockbusters, format-based artistic presentations, and organized solo exhibitions. Soomre studied Art History at the Estonian Academy of Arts and Arts Management in Turku Art Academy in Finland.
Focusing on new models for curating and exhibition development, ICI’s annual summer Curatorial Intensive offers curators the opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world and share ideas on how to push the parameters of their practice.read more »