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Announcing CCA/ICI Curatorial Intensive

CCA and Independent Curators International (ICI) are pleased to present the first Curatorial Intensive in Europe: From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives. Developed by ICI in collaboration with CCA the programme will examine the role of cultural production in addressing geopolitical landscapes and recent histories. The week-long programme, held at CCA between May 19th and 25th, will take concepts of narrative and memory as the theoretical and poetic underpinning to reflect upon recent social developments in specific geographies, while questioning the ability of art and exhibition-making to act as catalyst for change. Through an international roster of speakers, From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives will consider the tension between remembrance and forgetting, and the role of art and cultural institutions in creating a discourse of national identity and giving visibility to overlooked histories. Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by the following faculty: Miguel Amado (curator, the Portuguese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale), Mai Abu ElDahab (independent curator), Annie Fletcher (Curator of Exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and tutor at De Appel, Amsterdam), Khwezi Gule (Contemporary Collections Curator, Johannesburg Art Gallery), Peter Jenkinson (independent cultural broker and Co-Director, Culture+Conflict), and Paul Ramírez Jonas (artist and Assistant Professor, Hunter College, NY), among others. Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: ‘We are thrilled that such a platform for learning has become available. Opportunities such as this are rare and offer invaluable professional development. Local curators will have the opportunity to take part in a week long, high level programme alongside other international participants. The contacts they will make and the experience they will be able to draw on will be invaluable for their careers and for future arts audiences in Northern Ireland.’ Deadline for applications is March 4th. For more information about the programme and how to apply, visit ICI’s website by clicking here. Image: Paul Ramirez Jonas, The Commons, 2011, Courtesy of the artist and Leo Koenig, Inc.