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.
Queta Beasley Harris
Queta Beasley Harris, a native of New Orleans, is an applied urban anthropologist, ethnographer, urban design and sustainability curator, visual artist, and movement instructor. Her interests focus on the relationship between semiotics, contingency and context of storytelling; naturalization and social construction of identity; strategies re-imagining place and space in urban environments; holistic design in developing global markets; and the politics of geography on global organizational landscapes. Her current research centers on transnational collaboration and feminist women of color networks utilizing art, movement building and activism as sites of resistance. Queta has facilitated cultural adaptation workshops for professional development and has lectured on conceptualizing alternative integrative wellness practices within appropriate socio-cultural context. She has worked with organizations such as the Gulf Coast Fellowship for Community Transformation - funded by the Ford Foundation, Xavier University of New Orleans Department of Psychology, and Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Queta serves on the advisory board for Gallery of the Streets and was a collaborating artist for Ecohybridity: A Love Song for Nola. She is a member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA). Queta is co-founder and ethnographer of La Nouvelle Consulting.
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2017 New Orleans program will each present their exhibition and project proposals, which they have developed over the course of the program.read more »