Curatorial Intensive in Ghana
This April, the Independent Curators International (ICI) presents its Inaugural Curatorial Intensive programme, Accra, Ghana in collaboration with Foundation for Contemporary Art–Ghana (FCA) till April 25, 2017.
The Curatorial Intensive, a week-long professional development program, offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organising exhibitions, public programs, and other curatorial models. This program is the fifth Curatorial Intensive in Africa since 2013, following past programs in Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Marrakech, and Dakar. ICI maintains its commitment to supporting curators and local organisations on the ground, while continuing to provide curatorial training and foster peer networks and arts infrastructures in the region.
The Curatorial Intensive is designed to immerse participants in a rigorous schedule of seminars, presentations, site visits, and one-on-one meetings that support the process of developing an idea for a project into a full proposal. This program is targeted toward self-motivated individuals, working independently or within institutions.
Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of professionals that includes: Ato Annan and Adwoa Amoah (Co-Directors, Foundation for Contemporary Art–Ghana), Jeebesh Bagchi (artist, Raqs Media Collective and curator, 2016 Shanghai Biennale), María del Carmen Carrión (Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI), Reem Fadda (independent curator, Ramallah), Nana Oforiatta-Ayim (Founder of ANO, Accra), Jimmy Ogonga (Founder of Centre for Contemporary Art, East Africa, Nairobi), Jay Pather (Associate Professor, University of Cape Town & Director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts), and Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI).
12 – 14 applicants working internationally will be selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive. The applicant must have over three years of curatorial experience or a similar track record of organising art projects. All applications must include a 500-word description of an exhibition or program idea that the applicant would like to help in developing. This description should outline the proposal concept and artists that the applicant is considering. Also required are a current 250-word biography, 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, similar to an exhibition review.
The Curatorial Intensive is ICI’s short-term, low-cost training program that offers a group of curators the chance to develop project ideas and make connections with professionals in the field. It also provides the invaluable opportunity for peer-group education, forging new networks internationally. The Curatorial Intensive takes place annually in the United States and in other locations in conjunction with institutional partners worldwide.
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