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.
Raquel Wilson is an independent curator and anthropologist that explores the mutation of traditional into contemporary art forms across cultures. Formerly Curatorial Director for the Brooklyn-based arts organization DOPE SWAN, Raquel was responsible for guiding the professional practices of emerging artists, and providing programming that engaged and connected creative talents with the local community. Dedicated to keeping access and education in the forefront of art conversations, Raquel was a Senior Partner at Young Art Collector, an agency that engages artists and collectors in supporting an inclusive and lucrative global art community and participated in the 2017 ICI Curatorial Intensive in Accra, Ghana. She has curated several exhibitions including the 13th edition of the Dakar Women’s Group Art Show (Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, 2015), No Jheri Curls & No Drugs: A David Lee Photo Exhibit (Brooklyn Historical Society, 2009), Brooklyn Influence featuring the work of Jamel Shabazz and Amanda Adams-Louis (Corridor Gallery, 2009) and a group showing of mixed media works from fifty artists in We’ve Gotta Have It!: Art Inspired by Spike Lee (Salena Gallery, 2009). For Dak’Art OFF 2016 (Dakar, Senegal), Raquel designed “La Ville et Moi: Art Adventure Mystery Hunt”, a programme that integrated and initiated children, ages 6–13, into art spaces around the city. She is based in Dakar, Senegal.
The participants of the Curatorial Intensive in Accra will each present their exhibition and project proposals they have developed throughout the course of the program.read more »