2014 Spring Curatorial Intensive Symposium

Spring 2014 Curatorial Intensive
Public Symposium: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

Join ICI and the Spring 2014 Curatorial Intensive on Tuesday, March 25 for a daylong public symposium where the participants will present the exhibition and project proposals that they have developed through the program.

Taking place this week, the Spring 2014 Curatorial Intensive: Considering Publics and Contexts offers curators the opportunity to discuss among colleagues the concept, logistics, and challenges of working with artists, navigating contexts, defining curatorial research, working with collections, and discerning audience and publics. Click HERE for more information on the program.

Participants include: Wassan Al-Khudhairi (Atlanta, Georgia), Daniel DeLuca (Boston, Massachussetts), Marianna Dobkowska (Warsaw, Poland), Adeola Enigbokan (Brooklyn, New York), Lilian Fraiji (Amazon, Brazil), Ruth Heritage (Preston, UK), Hollie Kearns (Callan, Ireland), Ivana Mestrov (Zagreb, Croatia), Ece Pazarbaşı (Berlin, Germany), Rachel Reese (Atlanta, Georgia), Merve Ünsal (Istanbul, Turkey), Michael Wellen (Houston, Texas), and Sharmila Wood (Perth, Australia).

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March 25, 2014

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Wassan Al-Khudhairi

Wassan Al-Khudhairi is the Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis and the former Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art where she organized Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art. She was invited to be a Curator for the 6th Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan in 2017 and Co-Artistic Director for 9th Gwangju Biennial in South Korea in 2012. Serving as the Founding Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar, Al-Khudhairi oversaw the opening of the Museum in 2010 and co-curated Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art and curated Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab.

Daniel DeLuca

Daniel DeLuca is an artist, curator, and the current Director of Mobius, the experimental artist group and artist-run center in Boston. As a curator, his work has focused on contemporary live art and conceptual art. He was the lead curator of People in Space, an infiltration of performances at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. He was previously Program Manager for the Berwick Research Institute’s Special Project Incubator Program and was Co-Director of the annual Eventworks festival held at The Pozen Center in Boston. DeLuca has also worked on numerous exhibitions with the ICA Boston, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, and the McMullen Museum at Boston College. As an artist, his projects are concept oriented and integrate live actions, context specificity, photography, and appropriated materials. DeLuca’s work explores structures and concepts related to globalizing culture, art, and language. He has shown nationally and internationally in private and public spaces, galleries, and festivals. In addition, he has developed multiple artistic research projects that investigate large-scale recurring events around the world including the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China; the 2012 Spring Equinox Festival in Mexico; and the 2013 Maha Kumbh Mela in India. DeLuca graduated with honors from the Studio for Interrelated Media at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Marianna Dobkowska

Marianna Dobkowska is an art historian and curator of residencies, situations, and exhibitions. She received MA in Art History from the Warsaw University and completed postgraduate studies in curating at the Jagiellonian University. In 2012 she received “Młoda Polska”, a stipend of the Ministry of Culture of Poland for young Polish artists and curators. Since 2004 she is co-developing a residency program of the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw – one of leading residency programs in Central Europe. In 2009–2011 she was a curator and manager of a production, research and residency based Polish-Norwegian project “Rooted Design For Routed Living. Alternative Design Strategies”. In 2010–2012 she was a manager of international project “Re-tooling Residencies”, dedicated to research and implementation of new residency models. She has curated and co-curated projects such as “Public AIR,” “We Are Like Gardens,” “Porthos,” and “Akcja PRL,” which were carried out in public spaces and included the active participation of wide audiences. Together with Krzysztof Łukomski she curated a two-year long project of residencies and the exhibition at the National Gallery of Indonesia in Jakarta titled “Social Design for Social Living” (2015–2016) and exhibition-meeting at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art “Gotong Royong. Things We Do Together” (2017–2018). Since 2013 she is co-curating a yearly international curatorial residency and seminar at Ujazdowski Castle “Re-directing: East”.

Adeola Enigbokan

Adeola Enigbokan is a New York-based artist and writer. She holds a BA from Columbia University, where she studied Anthropology and Visual Arts, and is completing her doctorate at CUNY Graduate Center. Her recent curatorial projects include being a founding member of the Institute for Art Scene Studies, which brings together artists and social researchers to interpret the behavioral scripts and performances arising within contemporary art worlds (2012–13); The Renters’ Archive (2013), an ongoing collaboration between artists, urbanists, and tenants, investigating social and historical experiences of renting homes in the United States; and Body Language: Postcards from the Russian City (2011–12), a collection of archival and contemporary photography of everyday life in a specific district of Moscow. Her work has been shown internationally at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design (Moscow), Center for Independent Social Research (St. Petersburg), Van Leer Institute (Jerusalem), El Museo del Barrio (New York), Anthology Film Archives (New York), Royal Geographical Society (London), Royal Institute for British Architects (London), Beijing Normal University, vessel art project (Italy), and Open Engagement (Portland).

Lilian Fraiji

Lilian Fraiji is an independent curator and producer based in Manaus, Amazon, Brazil. She is the Co-Founder of Manifesta, an organization devoted to developing multidisciplinary contents involving Arts, Architecture, and Politics. She has collaborated on projects such as the New Curators Program, which focused on young curators was presented in São Paulo and Recife; and Terra Brasilis, an exhibition of Brazilian art showcased in Europalia Brussels. Fraiji has also organized several projects such as Lights from Amazon, which included the creation of a Pinacotheque for the State of Amazon; Elas, a photography exhibition on gender presented in Salvador and São Paulo; and LABVERDE: Art Experiences in the Amazon, a project bridging art and science produced inside the Amazon Rainforest. Fraiji received her degree in Communication from the Superior School of Marketing, a post-graduate degree in Cultural Policies from Barcelona University, and she holds an MA in Curating Arts from University Ramon Llull, Barcelona.

Ruth Heritage

Ruth Heritage is Creative Director & Lead Curator for They Eat Culture (TEC), a cultural production non-profit, which she founded in 2009 to develop art and culture in Preston (& Lancashire), UK. Heritage sits on the executive boards for Arts Lancashire Consortia and Preston Cultural Partnership. She received her BA in English and Cultural Studies and her MA in Documentary from Salford University. She resumes her PhD studies in Media Art from Goldsmiths College in September 2014.

Hollie Kearns

Hollie Kearns is an independent curator based in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, engaged in creating and supporting contexts for artists and designers to realize new work in the public realm. She works collaboratively with curator Rosie Lynch, from Callan Workhouse, a historic building in the town. Current and recent projects include Nimble Spaces (2013–14), a long-term process of collaboration between artists, architects, and adults with a disability; and Workhouse Assembly (2013), a twelve-day participatory research workshop exploring the complex social history and future development possibilities of Callan Workhouse. She was a co-founder of Commonage, a community based organization, which seeks to commission and provide a critical platform for contemporary art and architecture practices in the public realm. She has a BA in the History of Art and English from University College Cork (2007) and an MA in the History of Art from University of Leeds (2009).

Ivana Mestrov

Ivana Mestrov is currently a research assistant within the Art History Department at Split University, Split, Croatia, and an active independent curator. In 2009 she co-founded Loose Associations, a Zagreb-based association for contemporary art practices, with a cultural worker, Natasa Bodrozic, and a visual artist, Tonka Malekovic. She participated in the 12th Session of the International Curatorial Training Program, Ecole du Magasin, at the Contemporary Art Center Le Magasin, Grenoble, France (2002–03), which led to a publication project: AIDS RIOT, artist collectives against AIDS, New York, 1987-1994. She co-curated Errors Allowed-Mediterranea 16: Young Artists Biennial in Ancona, Italy in 2013 and several exhibitions, public art projects, festivals and screenings in Croatia and abroad. In 2008, she initiated Kustoska platforma, a Zagreb-based research platform and educational program on curatorial practices, contemporary art and theory. Mestrov obtained her BA and MA in Art History and Archaeology from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris, with a focus on contemporary art (2002–04). She is presently working on a PhD proposal tackling the construction of groups, networks, and communities in contemporary art practices in the post-Yugoslav context.

Ece Pazarbaşı

Ece Pazarbaşı is a curator based in Istanbul and Berlin. She has an interest in alternative education, and since 2007 has been generating projects in public spaces––in both urban and rural locations. In April 2013, with grant funding, she took part in Olafur Eliasson’s Institution for Spatial Experiments. Recently, she was the Istanbul Coordinator for the New Museum’s “New York’s Ideas City: Istanbul”; curator of Silent Shape of Things at ARTER Istanbul (2012); and co-curator, with René Block, of the exhibitions 12/12 and Turkish Art Nice and Simple at Tanas Berlin (2011–12). Since 2009, she has been curating audio walks in various cities. From 2001–03 she acted as Assistant Director at Proje4L-Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art, and from 2002–09 she was the Executive Assistant to the Director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, where she has also taken on several freelance projects. She was the Assistant Curator of the 52nd Venice Biennial Turkish Pavilion (2007); Director of the ongoing education and festival program, Meeting Point, since 2007; Project Manager of Orhan Pamuk: Museum of Innocence for Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2007–08); and Contemporary Art Exhibitions Director at Pera Museum (2005–06). In 2009 and 2010 she worked as Consultant and Program Specialist of Visual Arts for Turkey at the Strategic Planning and Development Department for Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, UAE. She was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of CUMA /// Contemporary Utopia Management (2008–12), where she was the curator and director of its artistic projects. She continues her artistic projects with CAMP, Contemporary Amplifier for Multidisciplinary Practices.

Rachel Reese

Rachel Jobe Reese is Director and Curator of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), the first ICA in the state of TN. From 2015-2019, Reese served as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA where she organized over 20 special exhibitions, including the recent retrospective and accompanying catalogue for Suzanne Jackson: Five Decades (Telfair Books, 2019). Reese held prior positions at Atlanta Contemporary in Atlanta where she curated Pratfall Tramps (Atlanta Contemporary, 2015) with accompanying catalogue; Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia; and Deitch Projects, Petzel Gallery and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. Reese is an alumni of Independent Curators International; was a former editor of Burnaway magazine in Atlanta, and her writing and artist interviews have appeared in BOMB Daily, Temporary Art Review, TWELV Magazine, and Art Papers; she also published a free newsprint of artists’ writings called Possible Press from 2010–15. Reese has taught at PAFA in Philadelphia and Georgia State University in Atlanta, and currently teaches at UTC in the Department of Art. Reese holds an MFA from City College, CUNY, in New York.

Merve Ünsal

Merve Ünsal is an artist based in Istanbul. She is the co-founder of, an artist-centered online project that publishes works of art, studio visits, and articles based on or related to conversations on visual practices.

Michael Wellen

Michael Wellen is Assistant Curator of Latin American and Latino Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Wellen was Co-Curator and an essayist for Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2013) and Intersecting Modernities: Latin American Art from the Brillembourg Capriles Collection (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2013). His essays were published in The New York Graphic Workshop: 1964–1970 (Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, 2009) and Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection (Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, 2007). His writing has appeared in ArtNexus and Art Papers. In 2013, he was the keynote speaker for The Constellations Symposium at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC. He received his PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, where he specialized in modern and contemporary art, criticism, and Cold War cultural exchanges between Latin America and the United States.

Sharmila Wood

Sharmila Wood is a Perth, Western Australia-based curator who works on creative and cultural initiatives producing, curating, and commissioning artwork. She is interested in interdisciplinary approaches around environmental, social, and spatial justice and conceptualizes socially engaged processes to make art interventions. Wood has held arts positions in New Delhi, Los Angeles, Sydney, and Perth, edits books and writes regularly for arts publications and journals. She holds a Masters of Art History & Curatorship from the University of Sydney and is currently Director of Tarruru, where she continues her work across borders.

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