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ICI Collaborators at the 2015 Venice Biennale

May 7, 2015

Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy

Since 1975, ICI has built an unparalleled network of collaborators – curators, artists, and art spaces of all sizes – to support independent practice locally, and encourage the sharing of independent thought across the globe. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we acknowledge all those who form ICI's international network, including the 41 ICI collaborators involved in the 2015 Venice Biennale.

The Venice Biennale offers a unique perspective on contemporary art from around the globe. We are thrilled to see so many who share ties with ICI involved in the exhibition and national pavilions – reflecting on ICI as a meaningful force for cultural exchange internationally.


Okwui Enwezor, Director of the Visual Arts Sector, Venice Biennale; curator, All the World’s Futures
Recipient, 2007 Agnes Gund Curatorial Award
Panelist on ICI's The Now Museum; featured in ICI's forthcoming publication,
Talking Contemporary Curating, by Terry Smith

Defne Ayas, curator, Respiro, Turkey Pavilion
Curator, Project 35 Volume 2

Ute Meta Bauer, curator, Joan Jonas: They Come to Us Without a Word, USA Pavilion
Panelist on ICI's The Now Museum; Speaker, The Critical Edge of Curating

Raphael Chikukwa, curator, Pixels of Ubuntu/Unhu, Republic of Zimbabwe Pavilion
Faculty, Curatorial Intensive in Addis Ababa (2014)

María De Corral, curator, I Will Be Your Mirror / poems and problems, Portugal Pavilion
Recipient, 1992 Leo Award

Özge Ersoy, deputy curator, Respiro, Turkey Pavilion
Alumn, Curatorial Intensive in Beijing (2012); alumn, Curatorial Intensive in Istanbul (2013); curator, Project 35 Volume 2

Patrick Flores, curator, Tie a String Around the World, Philippines Pavilion
Faculty, Curatorial Intensive in Tokyo (2013)

Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, curator, Sea State, Singapore Pavilion
Alumn, Curatorial Intensive in Tokyo (2013)


Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
do it; Performance Now, and Living as Form (The Nomadic Version)

Sammy Baloji
Project 35

Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin, "Personne et les Autres", Belgian Pavilion
Free Play

Christian Boltanski
do it, and Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence

Marcel Broodthaers
Beyond Preconceptions: The Sixties Experiment

Keith Calhoun & Chandra McCormick
Faculty, Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans (2015)

Cao Fei
do it, and The Storyteller

Yane Calovski, We are all in this alone with Hristina Ivanoska, Pavilion of the Republic of Macdeonia
Project 35 Volume 2

Creative Time
Co-organizers, Living As Form (The Nomadic Version)

Elena Damiani
Project 35 Volume 2

Jeremy Deller
The Storyteller

Coco Fusco
Performing Franklin Furnace

Charles Gaines
State of Mind

Theaster Gates
do it

Shilpa Gupta, The Great Game, Iran Pavilion
do it

Andreas Gursky
100 Artists See God

Hans Haacke
Pictures, Patents, Monkeys, and More…On Collecting, and featured speaker in Looking Back: 1993 with Hans Haacke and Irving Sandler

Carsten Höller
do it, and Everything Can Be Different

Nancy Holt
Mapped Art, and VIDEOART U.S.A.

Joan Jonas, Joan Jonas: They Come to Us Without a Word, USA Pavilion
VIDEOART U.S.A., and do it

Glenn Ligon
FAX; The Paper Sculpture Show, and Transformers

Sarah Lucas, Great Britain Pavilion
do it

Ivana Müller
Project 35 Volume 2

Bruce Nauman
do it; State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970; Slightly Unbalanced; 100 Artists See God; Beyond Preconceptions: The Sixties Experiment; Critiques of Pure Abstraction; Artists' Books U.S.A., and VIDEOART U.S.A.

Christodoulos Panayiotou, Two Days After Forever, Cyprus Pavilion
do it

Philippe Parreno
do it

Adrian Piper
do it, and Transformers

Raqs Media Collective
do it; and Experimental Geography; faculty, Curatorial Intensive in Marrakech (2015)

The Propeller Group
Project 35

Hassan Sharif, 1980–Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates Pavilion
do it

Rirkrit Tiravanija
do it

Okwui Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019) was the Director of Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany, from 2011 to 2019, and his wide-ranging practice spanned international exhibitions, museums, academia, and publishing since the early 1990s.

Defne Ayas

Defne Ayas is a curator, educator, and publisher.

Ute Meta Bauer

Ute Meta Bauer is Founding Director of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Singapore.

Raphael Chikukwa

Raphael Chikukwa is the Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, where he served as Chief Curator of Contemporary Art and Deputy Director from 2010 to 2020.

Özge Ersoy

Özge Ersoy is Public Programmes Lead at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.

Patrick D. Flores

Patrick D. Flores is Professor of Art Studies at the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines, which he chaired from 1997 to 2003.