In fall 2009, ICI launched a new monthly curatorial talk series, highlighting an international curator who distills the 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.
Vasif Kortun is the Director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul. He was the founding Director of Project Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art (2001-2003), the chief Curator and Director of the 3rd International Istanbul Biennial (1992) and Co-Director with Charles Esche of the 9th International Istanbul Biennial (2005). Between 1994 and 1997 he worked as the founding Director of the Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Kortun was the co-curator of thrird Taipei Biennial in 2008. Kortun was also one of the curators of the 24th Sao Paolo Biennial in 1998, Tirana Biennial, and 2nd Ceramics Biennial in Albisola, 2003. He curated the Turkish pavilions for the 1994 and 1998 Sao Paolo Biennials and the 2007 Venice Biennial for which he worked with artist Huseyin Alptekin.