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.
Rachel Dedman (b.1989, London) is an independent curator and writer based in Beirut since 2013. Rachel’s practice includes in-depth art historical research and collaborative work with contemporary artists. Current and recent projects include Earth Hold for the Palestinian biennial, Qalandiya International (Ramallah and London, 2018); Labour of Love, for the Palestinian Museum (Ramallah, 2018); Polycephaly.net (2018); Kindling, for Fotopub Festival (Slovenia, 2017); Midad: The Public and Intimate Lives of Arabic Calligraphy, for Dar el-Nimer (Beirut, 2017); Unravelled, for Beirut Art Center (Beirut, 2016); Halcyon, for the Transart Triennal (Berlin, 2016); At the Seams: A Political History of Palestinian Embroidery, a satellite exhibition for the Palestinian Museum (Beirut, 2016); and Space Between Our Fingers, for apexart (Beirut, 2015). Rachel has written for Ibraaz, Reorient, and Spike, among many others, and is the author of two books on Palestinian dress. She was curator-in-residence at 98weeks and has received grants and scholarships from Independent Curators International, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and the Getty Foundation. She studied History of Art at Oxford University and was the Von Clemm Postgraduate Fellow at Harvard University, where she specialised in contemporary art from the Middle-East. Rachel was a participant of Ashkal Alwan’s Home Workspace Program, Beirut, 2013/14.
This August, ICI, in collaboration with Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, produces the Curatorial Intensive: Developing Infrastructures for Art in Moscow, Russia.read more »