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.
Melissa Karmen Lee
Melissa Karmen Lee is Education and Public Programmes Curator at Tai Kwun Heritage and Arts Centre, Hong Kong. Her experience primarily consists of curating beyond the exhibition space through pedagogical and public practice. Her work on public art has spanned from interventionist graffiti performances to outdoor large-scale sculpture parks, organized public seminars on the subject of Peace, to the creation of an online digital archive. In July 2018, she has just recently organised and conceived of ‘Summer Institute,’ an inaugural programme where three distinguished scholars and one contemporary artist will lead seminars and public lectures on the theme of Labour and Privilege, explored through art historical and contemporary art case studies. A recent project that she is particularly proud of is a 2014-2015 curator at large project with Slought Foundation, Philadelphia in which she curated a series of ‘On the Cloud’ exhibitions with Executive Director Aaron Levy. These exhibitions included a newly commissioned work ‘Bozo on the Boom Boom Badass Beat ’, performed online and in a gallery space by digital artists Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries. This exhibition was contextualised in a curatorial essay alluding to Sherry Turkle’s text Life on the Screen. A second ‘cloud’ exhibition entitled ‘Add Oil Machine : 打氣機,’ was about the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella Movement and the revolutionary potential of language and enunciation contextualised with Deleuze and Guattari’s Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature.
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2018 Bangkok program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »
ICI presents the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok, developed in partnership with the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University to coincide with the launch of its international postgraduate program in Curatorial Practice, and with the James H.W. Thompson Foundation.read more »