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.
Syaheedah Iskandar is currently researching modes of vernacular visuality within the paradigm of Southeast Asia while also working on projects that explore collaborative ways of presenting. She was the inaugural Emerging Writers’ Fellow for the academic journal Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia, publishing a paper on contemporary art practices embodying notions of ghaib (unseen) within the vernacular Malay world. Since completing her MA in History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, she became the recipient of the IMPART Awards 2020 (Singapore) in recognition of her emerging curatorial practice and will be in residency under the Helsinki International Curatorial Programme (a collaboration between HIAP & Frame Contemporary Art Finland) slated for April 2020. Aside from her independent projects, Syaheedah was previously Curatorial Assistant at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2014–18) where she worked on numerous exhibitions and developed outreach strategies for art education.
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 »