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.
Vera Mey is currently an independent curator. She was part of the founding team of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, a contemporary art research centre of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as Curator, Residencies. Since it’s inauguration in January 2014, the Residencies Programme has brought together artists, curators and writers in a research driven residency with particular emphasis on artists from Singapore and Southeast Asia alongside artists from the rest of the world. She was Assistant Director of AUT University’s ST PAUL St Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand from 2011 to 2014. Her last project there was co curated with Erin Gleeson from Sa Sa Bassac, Phnom Penh called FIELDS: an itinerant inquiry across the Kingdom of Cambodia (2013). The project involved a group of 17 artists, curators and researchers traveling across 20 days together, questioning the intersection between contemporaneity, archaeology, history, trauma and fields of mutual unknowing within the context of contemporary Cambodia. For 2013 she was curator in residence at Arts Initiative Tokyo, Japan as well as convener of the AUT University Master of Arts Management Curatorial Strategy program. Curatorial projects include: The Disappearance (2014), NTU CCA Singapore; Invisible Energy and In Spite of Ourselves: Approaching Documentary (2012) at ST PAUL St Gallery and The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington. She is co-founder of the scholarly journal SOUTHEAST OF NOW: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art. In 2015-16 she joins Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art, a research initiative of the Getty Foundation. She is currently on the curatorial team of SEA Project an exhibition due to open in July 2017 at the Mori Art Museum Japan and National Art Centre Tokyo. She will undertake a PhD at SOAS, University of London commencing in September 2016.
Developed by ICI in collaboration with the Mori Art Museum, the Curatorial Intensive: What Does it Mean to be International? will examine the current state of the Asian contemporary art scene within the larger global context.read more »