The ICI (Independent Curators International) Curatorial Intensive is a “ten-day professional development program which brings together emerging curators from around the world for the opportunity to exchange ideas, develop their curatorial practice, and learn from their colleagues.”
The Fall 2015 session included seminars with Renaud Proch (Executive Director of ICI), María del Carmen Carrión (Director of Public Programs & Research at ICI), Ingrid Schaffner (Curator of Carnegie International 2018 at the Carnegie Museum of Art), Laura Raicovich (President and Executive Director of The Queens Museum), Johanna Burton (Keith Haring director and curator of education and public engagement of the New Museum in New York), Pablo Helguera (artist, performer, author, and Director of Adult and Academic Programs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, creator of Artoons), and Lindsay Pollock (Whitney Museum of American Art’s Chief Communications and Content Director, previously Editor-In-Chief of Art in America), as well as tours of Dia:Beacon, apexart (Director of Operations Julia Knight), Art in General (Director Anne Barlow), and The Bronx Museum of the Arts (Curator Yasmin Ramírez).
ICI Curatorial Intensive NYC 2015 fellows:
Jessica Berlanga (Mexico City, Mexico)
Polly Brannan (Liverpool, England)
Chloe Geoghegan (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Maiza Hixson (Wilmington, DE)
Kati Ilves (Tallinn, Estonia)
Jamilee Lacy (Providence, RI)
Karen Patterson (Sheboygan, WI)
Chloe Reith (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Alexandra Stock (Cairo, Egypt)
Eszter Szakács (Budapest, Hungary)
Selin Turam (Istanbul, Turkey)
Mathilde Walker-Billaud (New York, NY)
As the participants of ICI’s 2015 Curatorial Intensive in NYC, we also presented our exhibition and project proposals that we developed further throughout the course of the program. This symposium took place at ICI’s headquarters and was open to the public. I presented a project called The Hidden House / البيت المخفى (Al Beit Al Mahfy) that was initiated by Mohamed Hamdy and Ammar Abo Bakr, who then invited me to expand on and support the project, which is intended to become an alternative cultural space in Upper Egypt and is currently in development.