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.
Nazli Gurlek is an independent curator and writer based in Istanbul, where she is Vice President of AICA Turkey. She obtained an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths College in London (2008), and a BA in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence (2006). She was Assistant Curator of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), and curated a number of solo and group exhibitions including BENGÜ BURAK VOLKAN ALP ELMAS İZ (Maçka Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, Sept 2011–June 2012), Shared (5533, Istanbul, 2012), The Riot Act (Galerie Mor Charpentier, Paris, 2011), İnci Eviner (Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul, 2011), Rehearsal (Gallery Non, Istanbul, 2011), and Fold (Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, 2011). Recently Gurlek curated DIYALOG: Art From Turkey at the Vienna Fair, The New Contemporary (September 2012); and co-organized an AICA Turkey event, a series of talks entitled CONTEMPORARY ART IN TURKEY FROM 1980’s TO PRESENT: TESTIMONIES AND SHARED EXPERIENCES at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Istanbul. Her writings have been published in Flash Art International, Sanat Dünyamız, and Frieze Blog, among others. Gurlek is the author of Sarkis and When Attitudes Become Form, soon to be published by SALT Istanbul. She is going to be the curator-in-residence at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw in July 2013, and also currently working on an exhibition that will open at Nesrin Esirtgen Collection in Istanbul in December 2013.
The Curatorial Seminar will focus on Istanbul as a case study, exploring a number of key issues that challenge our understanding of what constitutes an emerging art scene, the strengths and pitfalls of working within such a context…read more »
The public symposium in Istanbul will present the research of the following seven international curators brought together for the Curatorial Seminar: Özge Ersoy, Mónica Espinel, Nazli Gurlek, Olga Hatzidaki, Kate Brehme, Anna Santomauro, and Claire Shea.read more »
Developed by ICI in collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Derry~Londonderry, the Curatorial Intensive: From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives will examine the role of cultural production in addressing geopolitical landscapes and recent histories.read more »