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.
Sven Christian is an independent writer, editor, and curator, currently pursuing an MA in Contemporary Curatorial Practices at Wits University. He is the co-editor of Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings to Work (Zeitz MOCAA: 2019), a publication on the work of William Kentridge; as well as Five Bhobh: Painting at the End of an Era (Zeitz MOCAA: 2018).
Between 2017 and 2018 Sven was enrolled in the Zeitz MOCAA Curatorial Training Programme. During this time he assisted with the museum’s opening exhibitions, managed the production of Edson Chagas’ Luanda, Encyclopaedic City (curated by Paula Nascimento and Stefano Rabolli Pansera), and was the organising curator of Publishing Against the Grain, a travelling exhibition conceived and produced by ICI, New York, which opened at Zeitz MOCAA in November 2017 before travelling to CCA, Lagos.
Between 2015 and 2017 he was the assistant editor at ART AFRICA magazine. Prior to that he founded Ism-Skism, an ongoing artist-led initiative that encourages participants to produce work in the public domain.
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 »