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.
Raw Material Company
Raw Material Company is a center for art, knowledge and society established in Dakar, Senegal in 2008. It is an art initiative involved with exhibition-making, commissioning, knowledge sharing, and the archiving of theory and criticism. It works to foster appreciation and growth of African artistic and intellectual creativity. The program is trans-disciplinary and is informed equally by urbanity, literature, film, architecture, politics, fashion, cuisine, and diaspora. The core of Raw Material Company is the resource centre, RAWBASE, a discursive program of artist talks, portfolio review sessions, master-classes, symposia, lectures, panel and round-table discussions as well as research presentations. RAWBASE is directed to a national and international audience, and it aims at establishing an extensive educational and research library/archive on contemporary art with an emphasis on African and Africa-related practices.