Dialogues in Contemporary Art (ICI)

Independent Curators International,
ICI Curatorial Hub | Ongoing

With Independent Curators International (ICI) and ARTonAIR.org, Leeza Ahmady conducts interviews with artists, curators, critics and experts working across the broad field of contemporary art. The program addresses the role of artists, curators and other art professionals in an increasingly borderless world, investigating the ways in which artistic practices, curatorial strategies and critical commentary have been reconfigured by intensified patterns of global circulation. Rapid advancements in technology have led to increased access to information and the exchange and promotion of new ideas across nations and cultures, regardless of geographic location.

Ahmady and her guests examine the effects of these sweeping transformations on art practice, as well as the shift away from the traditional centers of gravity in Europe and the US and the shift toward regions previously dismissed as peripheral.

Audio recordings of each interview are posted online at ARTonAIR.org (respective links are below).

Erin Gleeson and Leeza Ahmady
As part of IN RESIDENCE (Take 5)


May 14, 2013

Leeza Ahmady and Phnom Penh-based curator Erin Gleeson discussed IN RESIDENCE, and the intensive 18-month curatorial process that fused their respective backgrounds, programmatic expertise and curatorial work both within and outside of Asia. Ahmady and Gleeson's IN RESIDENCE centered the curatorial on artistic practice itself: 10 artists and 1 curator were invited to live and work in New York City to extend their emerging practices to its public through singular exhibitions and transdisciplinary programs as a way of generating and reflecting experience and knowledge.

Gleeson, who is the co-founder and Artistic Director of SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, is recognized for foundational work with local cultural institutions, schools, and artists in Cambodia.


Listen to Take 5 with Erin Gleeson


Murtaza Vali (Take 4)


December 4, 2012

Murtaza Vali spoke about the multiplicity of his practice as he persistently blurs the lines between writer, critic and curator. An Indian citizen who has never lived in India, Vali's position as someone based between the UAE and US informs his work and may have catalyzed his role as guest curator for the 2013 Abraaj Capital Art.


Listen to Take 4 with Murtaza Vali


John Menick and Yusuf Misdaq (Take 3)


October 16, 2012

Leeza Ahmady brought together John Menick and Yusuf Misdaq, two brilliant artists with very different backgrounds whose individual perspectives on artistic activity allow for the making of heartfelt works that are simultaneously process-based, conceptually vigorous, and seamlessly span across mediums: writing, sound, film, and more.


Listen to Take 3 with John Menick and Yusuf Misdaq



Mariam Ghani (Take 2)


May 8, 2012

Artist Mariam Ghani and Independent Curator and dOCUMENTA (13) Agent Leeza Ahmady spoke about their contributions to the dOCUMENTA (13) "100 Notes- 100 Thoughts," notebook series, and shared their perspectives on the recent influx of international art activities in Kabul, Afghanistan. This event also launched Ghani and Ahmady's notebooks in New York.


Listen to Take 2 with Mariam Ghani



Hitomi Iwasaki and Herb Tam (Take 1)


March 13, 2012

Hitomi Iwasaki, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Queens Museum of Art and Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America spoke with Leeza Ahmady about their research on the presence of Asia in Caribbean culture and art. Inspired by the occasion of the upcoming exhibition, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (June 2012), Tam and Iwasaki set out to address the significant void of Asian cultural traces in the region.


Listen to Take 1 with Hitomi Iwasaki and Herb Tam


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