curatorial intensive

Curatorial Intensive in Addis Ababa

Program Dates: May 13–19, 2014

Application deadline: PASSED

This May, Independent Curators International (ICI), in collaboration with Zoma Contemporary Art Center (ZCAC), produces the Curatorial Intensive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This one-week professional development program offers curators the opportunity to explore art production and international connections currently developing in Ethiopia, while discussing among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions globally. Sessions will focus on topics that range from the pragmatics of developing a program to building infrastructure and platforms for the support of artistic production.

This program marks the second Curatorial Intensive in Africa. The Curatorial Intensive is designed to immerse participants in a rigorous schedule of seminars and presentations that support the process of developing an idea into a full exhibition or program proposal. The Curatorial Intensive is targeted toward self-motivated individuals—working independently or in institutions—who would benefit from a week of intensive discussions around the issues and questions that arise for curators today. The program fosters horizontal learning and promotes the development of an international network of collaboration.

Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of international professionals that includes Meskerem Assegued (Director, Zoma Contemporary Art Center, Addis Ababa), María del Carmen Carrión (Associate Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI, New York), Raphael Chikukwa (Chief Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare), Naima Keith (Curator, The Studio Museum, New York), Riason Naidoo (Director, South African National Gallery & Old Town House Museums, Cape Town), Jimmy Ogonga (Founder, Centre for Contemporary Art, East Africa, Nairobi), Elvira Dyangani Ose (Curator of International Art, Tate Modern), Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI), Tracey Rose (artist, Johannesburg) and Konjit Seyoum (Director, Asni Gallery, Addis Ababa), among others.

Application Guidelines
12–14 applicants working in Africa and/or internationally will be selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive. The applicant must have 3+ years of curatorial experience. All applications must include a 500-word description of an exhibition idea or program that the applicant would like help in developing further. This description should outline the proposal concept and any artists that the applicant is considering for the project. Additionally, a current 250-word bio, a 500-word letter of intent, and a 300-word text that describes a recent curatorial project that has made an impact on the applicant are also required. To apply, and for full application guidelines, visit ICI’s website.

Fees and Scholarships

The program fee is 1,900 USD. Additionally, participants are responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. Generous scholarship packages that subsidize or eliminate the program fee, accommodation, and travel expenses are readily available. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please include a letter of motivation with your application. Scholarships for curators from Turkey will be supported by SAHA.

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About Zoma Contemporary Art Center
ZCAC is an eco-sensitive and educational artist-in-residence village. The concept was first introduced to the public in 2002 during Giziawi #1, its first art happening. Named after Zoma Shifferaw, a young Ethiopian artist who died of cancer in 1979, ZCAC is located in two major cities in Ethiopia. ZCAC Addis is in a house built by Elias Sime in Addis Ababa, and ZCAC Harla is in Harla, a small historic village east of Dire Dawa. ZCAC is run like a family where the surrounding community is an extension of the center. ZCAC’s mission is to bring together multidisciplinary artists from around the world and create innovative and environmental contemporary art.


The Curatorial Intensive is made possible in part by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Dedalus Foundation, and the Hartfield Foundation, with the generous support of Mercedes Vilardell, Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin, ICI’s Leadership Council, the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.

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