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.
Taarati Taiaroa (Ngāti Tūwharetoa | Ngāti Apa | Te Āti Awa) is an Auckland based artist, educator and writer with a research-based practice that often utilises archives to investigate small narratives, exhibiting histories and systems. Her past research and projects have explored the structures and values of artist-initiated, community based and collaborative practice. She is a graduate of the University of Auckland and holds Masters degrees in both Fine Arts and Museums and Cultural Heritage. Taiaroa has over seven years experience in devising and delivering arts education, exhibitions, public programmes and community workshops. As a result of her participation in the 2016 Emerging Curators Programme she penned a manifesto of sorts for Conversational Research as a means to reframe the curatorial process to have human relations—people—at its centre.
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 »