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.
Mthabisi Phili started organizing exhibitions in 2009, after having gone through training for Exhibitions Officer at Visual Arts Association of Bulawayo (2007-09). He has worked on several exhibitions at the National Gallery in Bulawayo, notably: Discovering Identities (2008), Voices in Colour (2009), Blue-Pencil (2010), Perception360 (2011), P.S. My speak! (2012), and Emergency (2012). He has been involved with the visual arts in Zimbabwe since 2002 and has been a Visual Arts Consultant for Intwasa Arts Festival since 2008. Phili has been published in various publications internationally. In November 2011, he founded Voices in Colour, an organization whose mission is to “connect contemporary cultures.”
Reciprocal Narratives about Place about Home is an exhibition that reviews the parallels and differences in our interactions with place or places.read more »
Developed by Independent Curators International in collaboration with the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, the Curatorial Intensive: Contemporary Curatorial Practice will examine the pragmatics of organizing exhibitions, while addressing the specificities of curating in the African context.read more »