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.
Nathan Pohio is of Waitaha, Kati Mamoe, Kai Tahu tribal descent. Nathan has a MFA in film and is an artist working in video and other photo media. He also works as a curator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. In both roles he operates from a Ngai Tahu tribal position to bring tangata whenua/iwi perspectives to history to reflect on the experiences of contemporary Māori society. Nathan is Chair of The Physicsroom a contemporary art space for experimental art practice and a founding member of Paemanu, a collective of Nga Tahu contemporary artists. Nathan represented Aotearoa New Zealand at Documenta 14 in Athens Greece and Kassel Germany 2017.
In collaboration with Artspace Aotearoa, ICI presents the first Curatorial Intensive in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. This Intensive draws upon the diverse cultural environment from Auckland and the greater te Moana Nui-a-Kiwa Pacific Ocean region. This Intensive anticipates Artspace Aotearoa’s new programme ‘The Drift,’ which will examine and respond to alternative approaches to artistic education.read more »