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.
Simangaliso Sibiya (b. 1986) is an artist who lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. He graduated in 2016 as a printmaker from Funda Community College (formerly known as Funda Centre.) He mainly works in printmaking, a medium which he deploys to address current cultural, political and social issues within the context of his own community of Soweto in particular, and of South Africa in general. Often taking his own biography as a point of departure, Sibiya aims to question the ways in which power dynamics unfold in the daily lives of people who live within marginalized suburbs like Soweto. As a contemporary artist and curator, Simangaliso has a keen interest in African Art. As a creative and social entrepreneur he has pioneered a range of initiatives that seek to address certain issues he is passionate about, while also introducing innovative ways of engaging with visual art. In 2016 he embarked on a street art project called “Stop Nonsense” a project that sought to fight drug and substance abuse in the community through murals.
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2019 Cape Town program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »
This November, ICI will organize the Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town, South Africa in collaboration with the Institute for Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town. The program will coincide with Infecting the City, the longest running public arts festival in the country, curated by Jay Pather.read more »