Curators selected for the Helsinki International Curatorial Programme 2018

Frame Contemporary Art Finland and HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme) have announced their selection of four curators to participate in the Helsinki International Curatorial Programme (HICP) in 2018.
Curators Ceci Moss, Cory Scozzari, Adwait Singh and Asep Topan have been selected for one-month curatorial residencies in Helsinki. The application round was held in October 2017, with a total of 160 applications received. The number of applicants has increased every year.

“We received a record number of incredibly strong applications this year from all corners of the world. This speaks volumes of the significance of HICP residencies for internationally active curators as a valued space-time for research” says Taru Elfving, Frame’s Head of Programme.

The Helsinki International Curatorial Programme provides curators with an opportunity to carry out research and work on international curatorial projects while building contacts with art practitioners and cultural organisations in Finland. Curatorial residencies are co-organised by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and the HIAP Helsinki International Artist Programme. HIAP and Frame will both offer practical assistance, networking support and a critical context for the residents’ curatorial research and projects.


Ceci Moss hicp 2018 Portrait by Suzy PolingCeci Moss is a curator, writer and educator based in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Gas, a mobile, autonomous, experimental and networked platform for contemporary art located in a truck gallery parked around Los Angeles and online. She has a MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University, and a BA in History and Sociology from U.C. Berkeley. Her academic research addresses contemporary internet-based art practice and network culture.

Her writing has appeared in Rhizome, Art in America, ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum, The Wire, CURA, New Media & Society and various art catalogs. Previously, she was Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Senior Editor of the art and technology non-profit arts organization Rhizome, and Special Projects Coordinator at the New Museum. She has held teaching positions at the San Francisco Art Institute, Scripps College and New York University.


HICP residency in May 2018.


cory scozzari hicp 2018Cory Scozzari is a curator and artist. He is the founder and director of Cordova, a curatorial project initiated in 2016 in Vienna, currently located in Barcelona. From 2015–2017 he worked as assistant curator at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. He was a founding member and co-director of Jupiter Woods, London/Vienna from 2014–2016.

He received his BFA in photography from SCAD in 2010 and a MFA in curating at Goldsmiths in 2015. Recent exhibitions include: Holly White: ORANGE WORLD at Cordova in Barcelona, and Crater by Miguel Fernández de Castro and Lydia Ourahmane at Veda in Florence.

HICP residency in November 2018.


adwait_singh_HICP 2018Adwait Singh is an independent curator and art theorist based out of New Delhi. His works frequently weave in and out of areas of inquiry such as subjectivity formation, gender and sexuality, posthumanism, contemporary technogenesis and ecofeminism.

Shortly after completing his education at Goldsmiths, he seized the opportunity to be part of the Students’ Biennale (Kochi, 2016) as a curator and has since conceptualised different art projects and workshops for/with students from various art colleges and universities in the country (College of Art Delhi, Shiv Nadar University, and Banaras Hindu University) for the biennale. Almost simultaneously, he joined the editorial team of TAKE on Art magazine, the leading publication on contemporary art in the Southeast Asian region.

Recent curations include the exhibition ‘G/rove’ (Feb, 2017) at Latitude 28 that examined the mythopoetic imperative of non-anthropocentric modalities of planet sharing, and an upcoming exhibition investigating the notion of a body-based historiography at the Shrine Empire Gallery (New Delhi, 2018).


HICP residency in June 2018.


Asep-Topan_HICP-2018-Photo-credit-Afra-Suci-.jpgAsep Topan is an independent curator and writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He holds an MFA in Curating from Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, and attended de Appel Curatorial Programme, the Netherlands (2015–16). Asep was one of the curatorial team members of Jakarta Biennale 2015 Neither Forward Nor Back: Acting in The Present. As a curator, he focuses on exhibitions’ history and theory, art and activism, as well as labour conditions in contemporary art.

Asep has collectively and individually initiated numerous exhibitions, public programmes and long-term projects. Currently, he works as the vice-director for Jakarta Biennale 2017 and as a lecturer at the Jakarta Institute of Art.


HICP residency in November 2018.