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.
Olga Hatzidaki is a curator and cultural producer based in Athens. She is currently the General Coordinator of the Biennial Foundation and coordinated the first edition of the World Biennial Forum in Gwangju (South Korea) and served as the Editorial Assistant for Forum’s publication, Shifting Gravity. Hatzidaki is also an Associate Curator for Artist Pension Trust (APT). Previously she was the Director of AMP gallery in Athens, which frequently produced large-scale exhibitions. Recent curatorial projects include a gathering (co-curated with Maria-Thalia Carras), a collaboration with international artists, where artworks were printed as offsets and exhibited around Athens, and culminated in one exhibition at the Athens Festival. The exhibition was then presented in Thessaloniki (Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art) and TedX, Athens. Her next project will involve highly acclaimed architect Christos Papoulias, which involves developing a narrative about the neighborhood of Metaxourgio, on the occasion of ReMap4, a biannual platform of contemporary art, taking place in Metaxourgio, Athens. Hatzidaki holds an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art with a concentration in Contemporary Art Theory and is a scholar of the Onassis Foundation.
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 »