A recipient of the 2019 Outset Partners Impact Grant, International Curators Forum (ICF) is undertaking the re-development of the Diaspora Pavilion project model, which was initially tested between 2016 and 2018 with a professional development programme for 10 emerging artists and included exhibitions in Venice and Wolverhampton. The first stage of the re-development process involved initiating conversations with a group of selected artists by inviting them to actively participate in research trips organised by the ICF team centred around the opening of a major international Biennale.
The first trip in this series was to Venice during the opening days of the 58th Venice Biennale (10 – 14 May 2019), entitled May You Live In Interesting Times and curated by Ralph Rugoff. The impetus for selecting this Biennale as a case study is the project’s connection to Venice as the location of the 2017 Diaspora Pavilion and a prospective location for an exhibition in 2019, as well as the Diaspora Pavilion’s direct responsiveness to the limits of the notion of national pavilions in representing contemporary artistic practice. The artists who participated in this trip were Shiraz Bayjoo, Veronica Ryan, Sonia Barrett and Evariste Maiga.
The second trip was to Istanbul during the opening days of the 16th Istanbul Biennial (12 – 13 September 2019), entitled ‘The Seventh Continent’ and curated by Nicolas Bourriaud. The impetus for selecting this Biennial as a case study for the research and development phase of the programme is the curator’s exploration of the cultural consequences of the human impact on the world. The artists who participated in this trip are Daniela Yohannes, Lungiswa Gqunta, Jade Montserrat and Kashif Nadim Chaudry.
International Curators Forum (ICF) was founded in 2007 to promote, encourage and develop curatorial and artistic practice and discourse about contemporary visual arts across all forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, film and live performance art. ICF does this through commissioning, programming and presenting exhibitions, projects and events that promote and support the professional development and expertise of curators and artists at all stages of their professional career. ICF’s professional development programmes also involve international networking trips, masterclasses, residencies and mentoring.