Nav Haq and Jay Sanders Win 2012’s ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award

This afternoon New York’s Independent Curators International announced the winners of its 2012 ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award, hand-picked from the 15 nominees by uber-curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, and they are Nav Haq (above left), a curator at Antwerp’s Het Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, and Jay Sanders (right), a curator at the Whitney who co-curated the 2012 Biennial.

Haq and Sanders are the first co-winners of the biannual award, and only its second recipients, following MoMA associate curator Doryun Chong‘s win in 2010. The winners receive a $4,000 stipend to be spent on a forthcoming exhibition.

“After long consideration, I have selected Nav Haq and Jay Sanders to jointly receive the ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award,” Obrist said in a statement today. “Each curator is establishing a unique voice, developing their practice by initiating projects independently, as well as having worked in a diverse range of institutions. Nav Haq frequently takes us into the polyphony of art centers, creating shows and projects that broaden the scope of our thinking. Jay Sanders stays close to artists, gaining a strong understanding of an artist’s body of work — both emerging and overlooked — so that ultimately audiences can know an artist deeper.”

Obrist will present the two winners with their award at ICI’s November 19 Annual Fall Benefit & Auction in New York.

— Benjamin Sutton