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.
Mihret Kebede is an artist/poet, who graduated from Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design in painting with distinction in 2007 and has earned her MA in arts from the same school in 2016. She has received a certificate award of recognition as the best practicing artist in 2013 from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ethiopia. Mihret Kebede has participated in several local and international art exhibitions, workshops, poetry performances, art residencies, and collaborative art projects. Beyond her artistic practices she is also well known for organizing local and international artistic events and festivals. Among her numerous involvements in organizing artistic events Mihret is a co-organizer and founding member of Addis video art festival together with the initiator of the festival Ezra Wube, a founding Manager of a popular monthly poetry and jazz event, and a founding director of Netsa Art Village. She also did several collaborative poetry and jazz projects and performances with Studio Olafur Eliasson, followed by her show in the studio in 2012. She is currently a PhD-in-practice program candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with a working title Conversing with Silence.
This May, ICI, in collaboration with Zoma Contemporary Art Center (ZCAC), produces the Curatorial Intensive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.read more »