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Curatorial Intensive: From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives

About the Program

Developed by Independent Curators International (ICI) in collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Derry~Londonderry, the Curatorial Intensive: From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives (19 – 25 May 2013) examined the role of cultural production in addressing geopolitical landscapes and recent histories.

SAHA supported Nazlı Gürlek’s participation in ICI’s training program, “Curatorial Intensive: From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives”. TEACHERS & ADVISORS
Mai Abu ElDahab, Miguel Amado, María del Carmen Carrión, Annie Fletcher, Khwezi Gule, Peter Jenkinson, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Teresa Margolles, Declan McGonagle. 

Viviana Checchia, Clare Gormley, Emer Grant, Nazlı Gürlek, Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, João Laia, Amanda de la Garza Mata, Eoin Dara / Kim McAleese, Masum Momaya, Manuela Pacella, Giuliana Vidarte. 

About the Participant

Nazlı Gürlek is an independent curator , author who lives in Istanbul and Deputy Chairman of AICA Turkey. She completed her masters degree in Curating at the Goldsmiths College and bachelor’s degree in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. Gürlek curated a program which included exhibitions, lectures, presentations, and performances which took place during the 35th year of Macka Art Gallery. Furthermore, she also curated various exhibitions and projects in various venues in Istanbul, Paris, London, Vienna, and Italy. Her articles have been published in magazines such as Flash Art International, Sanat Dünyamız, Frieze Blog and Bidoun. She is also the co-founder editor of IMpress, an independent publishing house. Sarkis and “When Attitudes Become Form”, the book of an oral history project which she has been working on for the last two years is now e-published by SALT.

About ICI and The Curatorial Intensive

ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions, to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration.

Headquartered in New York, Independent Curators International (ICI) is a small non-profit organization with a large purview. Over the last 35 years, ICI has produced 118 traveling exhibitions and profiled the work of more than 3,700 artists, working with 621 museums, university art galleries and art centers in 48 states and 29 countries worldwide. ICI produces exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. A catalyst for independent thinking, ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions, to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration. SAHA Association and ICI initiated a partnership in 2011. SAHA will be supporting the participation of curators who have been accepted to ICI’s training programs for a period of three years. SAHA’s collaboration with this internationally renowned institution of 35 years of experience has also resulted in the initiation of a “SAHA Research Grant” to provide an opportunity for the program’s alumni to continue their research. The Curatorial Intensive is ICI’s short-term program discussing the ways in which contemporary performance-art curatorship is being theorized and implemented today. 10-14 applicants are selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive by ICI Committee to work with a faculty that includes leading artists, curators, and art historians. For further information on ICI and its training programs: