CCA/ICI Curatorial Intensive

19 May 13—25 May 13

The first Curatorial Intensive in Europe, From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives, is presented by CCA and Independent Curators International (ICI).

Developed by ICI in collaboration with CCA, the programme examines the role of cultural production in addressing geopolitical landscapes and recent histories. The weeklong programme, held at CCA between May 19th and 25th, takes 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 we 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 are led by the following faculty: Miguel Amado (curator of the Portuguese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale), Mai Abu ElDahab (curator of the Liverpool Biennial 2014), Annie Fletcher (Curator of Exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and tutor at De Appel, Amsterdam), Khwezi Gule (Chief Curator at the Soweto Museums, Johannesburg), Peter Jenkinson (independent cultural broker and Co-Director, Culture+Conflict, London), Teresa Margolles (artist, Mexico City), Professor Declan McGonagle (curator and director, NCAD, Dublin), and Paul Ramírez Jonas (artist and Assistant Professor, Hunter College, NYC).

ICI Symposium, Saturday, May 25th, 10 am

As a vital part of the Curatorial Intensive, the twelve participants present the proposals they have been developing throughout the week during a symposium on May 25th.

From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland/The Lottery Fund and City of Culture 2013.

Image: Paul Ramirez Jonas, The Commons, 2011, Courtesy of the artist and Leo Koenig, Inc.