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Call for applications – ICI, Curatorial Intensive in Dakar

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 20, 2016
Program Dates: May 30–June 5, 2016

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 U.S., and in other locations in conjunction with institutional partners worldwide.

This summer, in partnership with RAW Material Company, ICI will organize the Curatorial Intensive in Dakar, Senegal.

With this fourth Intensive in Africa–following past programs in Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, and Marrakech–ICI maintains its commitment to supporting the development of curatorial practice and international networks in Africa. This program will build upon ICI’s collaborations with Koyo Kouoh and RAW Material Company, and will coincide with the 12th Edition of the Dak’Art Biennale, curated by Simon Njami.

The Curatorial Intensive, a weeklong professional development program, offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions, public programs, and other curatorial models. It is designed to immerse a peer group of participants in a rigorous schedule of seminars and conversations, which support the process of developing an idea for an exhibition into a full proposal. The program is targeted toward self-motivated individuals—working independently or in institutions—who would benefit from a weeklong itinerary of discussions around the issues that arise for curators. In addition, the Curatorial Intensive will expose participants to the historically vibrant art scene of Dakar, a city known as one of the major sites for artistic and intellectual production in Africa.

Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of professionals that includes: Nancy Adajania (cultural theorist and curator, Bombay, India), María del Carmen Carrión (Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI), Babacar Mbaye Diop (curator and art critic; Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar), Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director, RAW Material Company, Dakar), Riason Naidoo (independent curator, Cape Town, South Africa), El Hadj Malick Ndiaye (art historian, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar), Simon Njami (Curator, Dak’Art Biennale 2016, Dakar), Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI), and Franklin Sirmans (Director, Pérez Art Museum, Miami), among others.

12–14 applicants working internationally will be selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive. The applicant must have 3+ years of curatorial experience or a similar track record of organizing art projects. All applications must include a 500-word description of an exhibition or program idea that the applicant would like help in developing. Also required are 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, similar to an exhibition review.

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