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.
Shehab Awad is a curator and writer from Cairo, where he served as the assistant curator at Townhouse from 2013-15. Recent projects include Publishing Process (2018) at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art, NY; Artists on Art (2018) in collaboration with Olana Historic Site, NY; Hiding in Plain Sight (2018) at Art Helix, SUArt Galleries, Community Folk Art Center, and Point of Contact Gallery, NY; and A Tardigrade’s Dream (2016) in collaboration with Nile Sunset Annex at La Loge, BXL and Beirut Art Center, BEY. His writing has appeared in Madamasr, The Brooklyn Rail, and ArtAsiaPacific. He is currently Curatorial and Development Associate at PARTICIPANT INC, NY and Archivist for painter David Reed. He holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
On October 30 we are reading the eighth chapter “The Scent of Apricots, or Back to the USA,” translated by Tamara Soban and originally published in The Exhibitionist 7 in 2013. The conversation will be co-led by curator and writer, Shehab Awad and researcher and writer, Lynn Maliszewski.read more »
Throughout 2019 ICI is reading and thinking through Comradeship, ICI’s recent publication by Zdenka Badovinac. On May 21 we will be reading “Interrupted Histories,” translated by Rawley Grau and previously published by the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana in 2006. The conversation will be co-led with curator and writer Shehab Awad and gallerist Mike Tan.read more »