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.
Sarah Rifky is co-director of Beirut, an art space based in Cairo, and is an alumna of the ICI Curatorial Intensive in Fall 2010. She has been Curator of the Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art since 2009 and has taught at the American University in Cairo and MASS Alexandria in 2010. Rifky studied Visual Art and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo and received her MFA in Critical Studies from the Malmö Art Academy, Lund University in Sweden. She co-edited the artist book Damascus: Tourists, Artists and Secret Agents. Her projects include Invisible Publics (Cairo, 2010), The Popular Show (Cairo, 2011), An accord is first and foremost a proposition (New York, 2011), and The Bergen Accords (Bergen, 2011). She is the founding director of CIRCA (Cairo International Resource Center for Arts).