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.
Zdenka Badovinac is a curator and art critic who has served as Director to the Moderna Galerija (Museum of Modern Art) in Ljubljana since 1993. In her work, she highlights the difficult processes of redefining history alongside different avant-garde traditions within contemporary art. Badovinac’s first exhibition to address these issues was Body and the East—From the 1960s to the Present (1998). She also initiated the first Eastern European art collection, Arteast Collection 2000+.
Zdenka Badovinac joins writers and art historians, Carlos Kong and Yin Ho, to revisit her essay, “My Post-Catastrophic Glossary”, in this recorded conversation. The three discuss the genesis and format of the glossary, how the concept of catastrophe influenced Badovinac’s work as a museum director, the future of museums, and importantly, how to become true comrades.read more »
Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe: Book Launch at e-flux, February 15th, 7-9pmread more »
Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe, Panel Discussion with Zdenka Badovinac, Kate Fowle, and J. Myers-Szupinska at CAA Annual Conference.read more »
The book’s author, Terry Smith, is holding conversations about his new publication with prominent curators and art historians. The next event is a closed-door conversation between Smith and Boris Groys, Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, NYU.read more »
Developed by Independent Curators International in collaboration with the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, the Curatorial Intensive: Contemporary Curatorial Practice will examine the pragmatics of organizing exhibitions, while addressing the specificities of curating in the African context.read more »
ICI and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing announces the first Curatorial Intensive to be held in China.read more »
On March 14, Ljubljana-based curator Zdenka Badovinac will speak at ICI’s curatorial talk series in which an international curator distills current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.read more »