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Curatorial Intensive Manila 2016

Nov 15 – 21, 2016

Manila, Philippines
Metropolitan Museum of Manila

Manila, Philippines

ICI unveils the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in Manila, Philippines, developed in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.

This weeklong professional development program offers curators the opportunity to discuss the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions, public programs, and other curatorial projects. ICI continues to build upon its past initiatives in Asia with its fifth Curatorial Intensive program in the region, following Intensives organized with the Mohile Parikh Center in Mumbai, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

Carlos Quijon, Jr.

Carlos Quijon, Jr. (b. 1989) is an art historian, critic, and curator based in Manila.

Joleen Loh

Joleen Loh is an Assistant Curator at National Gallery Singapore.

Kristoffer Ardeña

Kristoffer Ardeña is a curator who lives between Negros Island (Philippines) and Madrid (Spain).

Con Cabrera

Con Cabrera (b. 1981, Philippines) is a visual artist and independent curator.

Mónica Amieva

Mónica Amieva (Mexico City, 1980) is an art historian and pedagogial curator.

Tessa Maria Guazon

Tessa Maria Guazon is a curator and educator based in Manila.

Patricia Cariño Valdez

Patricia Cariño Valdez is an independent curator and project manager based in Oakland, CA.

Sydney Stoudmire

Sydney Stoudmire is an independent curator and the Executive Director of Woman Made Gallery (WMG), an organization dedicated to creating equality in the art world.

Avie Felix

Avie Felix is a teacher, writer, multi-disciplinary artist, and advocate of gender, culture and environment.

Asli Seven

Asli Seven is an independent researcher, curator, and writer based between Istanbul and Paris.

Amara Antilla

Amara Antilla is the Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati, where she is responsible for shaping the CAC’s robust exhibitions program.

Jorell Legaspi

Jorell Legaspi is the Deputy Director-General for Museums of the National Museum of the Philippines.

Kate Fowle

Kate Fowle is Director of MoMA PS1 in New York.

Renaud Proch

Renaud Proch is Independent Curators International (ICI)’s Executive & Artistic Director.

María del Carmen Carrión

María del Carmen Carrión is Project Manager for the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Joselina Cruz

Joselina Cruz is the Director and Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila.

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.

Gridthiya Gaweewong

Gridthiya Gaweewong founded arts organization Project 304 in 1996, and is currently Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok.

Cosmin Costinas

Cosmin Costinas is an author and freelance curator, based in Bucharest and Vienna.

Jessica Berlanga

Jessica Berlanga Taylor is Chief Curator at Fundación Alumnos47, a non-profit organization in Mexico City dedicated to art and education.

Monica Narula

Monica Narula, along with Jeebesh Bagchi and Shuddha Sengupta, is a member of Raqs Media Collective.

About the Metropolitan Museum of Manila
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is one of the major museums in the Philippines, founded in 1976. Through exhibitions of contemporary art by Filipino and international artists, it seeks to amplify the Filipinos’ sense of artistic and cultural heritage from the past, to the present and beyond, in contemporary global contexts and experiences. For more information, visit

The Curatorial Intensive was made possible by the sponsorship of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA); by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Hartfield Foundation and the Joyce Foundation; and by generous contributions from ICI’s Leadership Council, the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, and supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.