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.
Riksa Afiaty is enabler. Together with Charles Esche and Enin Supriyanto conceived exhibition Power and Other Things: Indonesia & Art (1835–now) and symposia Lupa Lupa IngatImperial Zombies Modern Vampires and Contemporary Ghosts for the 2017 Europalia Art Festival in Belgium. She worked on the curatorial team of Jakarta Biennale 2015 #16, Neither Forward nor Back: Acting in the Present. In 2016, the Foundation for Arts Initiatives awarded her a grant to conduct research on non-Western models for art institutions. She selected as a 2018–19 participant in the Jan Van Eyck Academie.
She is keen to continuously contest curatorial and institutional position, exhibition making along with it derivatives — artistic research, publication, archiving, symposia, etc using decolonial aestheSis model to counter euro-centric view in redefining art by addressing power structures responsible for oppression and heteronormative approach. She also believes in agency working in hyphenated-position is reasonable and relevant to unfolding optional practices and ultimately set a tools to understand the fragmented perspectives, which leading to question does it matter if it doesn’t perform as art?
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2019 Auckland program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »
In collaboration with Artspace Aotearoa, ICI presents the first Curatorial Intensive in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. This Intensive draws upon the diverse cultural environment from Auckland and the greater te Moana Nui-a-Kiwa Pacific Ocean region. This Intensive anticipates Artspace Aotearoa’s new programme ‘The Drift,’ which will examine and respond to alternative approaches to artistic education.read more »