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.
Vidya Shivadas is a curator and art critic based in New Delhi. After completing her Masters in Art Criticism from Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Vadodara in 2000 and a brief stint as an art reporter in the national daily The Indian Express, she joined the Vadehra Art Gallery as a curator in 2002. She has curated a series of exhibitions at the Gallery which include Something I’ve been meaning to tell you (with Sunil Gupta), April 2011; ID/entity, November 2010 (with Bhooma Padmanabhan and Julia Villasenor); Faiza Butt, Ruby Chishti, Masooma Syed (three Pakistani women artists), April 2009; Fluid Structures: Gender and Abstraction in India (1970s – 2008), April 2008; Objects: Making/Unmaking, April 2007 and Are We Like This Only, March 2005. In 2009 she was a guest curator at Devi Art Foundation, India’s first private contemporary art museum, and worked on the solo exhibition of Bangladeshi artist Mahbubur Rahman.
This public symposium is a day-long conversation on contemporary curatorial practices in India and abroad, produced in cojunction with the Mumbai Curatorial Intensive, developed and implemented by ICI in collaboration with the Mohile Parikh Center (MPC), Mumbai.
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This 3–day forum on curatorial practice is offered in Mumbai in collaboration with the Mohile Parikh Center (MPC). It develops directly out of the successful prior collaboration, “What Is Curating?” an intensive hands-on series of workshops organized by ICI and MPC in December 2010.read more »