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.
A graduate in history, curatorial studies and publishing, Mathilde Walker-Billaud worked in Paris as an editor for art institutions and presses including Centre National de la Danse, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Dis-Voir, Hachette and Les Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis. In 2008, she joined the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. She programmed multidisciplinary programs about books and art (for example: “Graphic Novels from Europe,” “Banlieues With Attitude” and “Oulipo in New York”). From 2010 to 2014, she was a Program Officer at Villa Gillet, a French center for fiction and non-fiction. With the help of various partners such as The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Live Arts and the New School, she co-programmed and produced five editions of the international festival of performances and ideas “Walls and Bridges” in New York. Walker-Billaud is now an independent curator and cultural producer. Currently she programs multidisciplinary thematic workshops for documentary artists and curates a series of multimedia talks about spectatorship untitled “What You Get Is What You see” which featured Luc Sante, David Levine, DJ /rupture, Nora Chipaumire and Geoff Manaugh, both at UnionDocs, a Center for Documentary Arts. She has also collaborated with The Drawing Center and Words Without Borders, as well as visual artist Jessica Mitrani, literary programmer Caro Llewellyn and radio creator Benjamen Walker. Last spring, she created a floating series of listening parties called “NightCast” with audio producers and writers, which will continue in 2015-2016.
Participants of the Fall Curatorial Intensive will present their exhibition and project proposals, which they have been developing for the program.read more »