WHAT WE DO
Founded in 2013 by Uchenna Itam, Julia Neal, Rebecca Giordano, and Natalie Zelt, INGZ collaborates on public interventions that foster new ways of engaging the visual and political while committing to an ethical and fluid approach to curatorial practice.
WHO WE ARE
Uchenna Itam is a Ph.D candidate in Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in modern and contemporary art of the African diaspora, focusing on embodiment-based practices in photography, video, and installation art. Her dissertation considers site-specific installations created in the United States since the 1990s that affect the senses of touch, smell, and taste in addition to sight and hearing while engaging with the politics of race, gender, and nationality. She has previously held positions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The Phillips Collection; The Smart Museum of Art; and The Pace Gallery. Uchenna earned an M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rebecca Giordano is a curator, writer, and educator based in Austin, TX. She completed her MA at the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on feminist performance, critical race theory, and labor in postwar American art. She earned her BA from the University of Chicago. Rebecca curated the recent exhibitions March ON! and In Heartbeats: the Comic Art of Jackie Ormes. She currently serves as the Educator and Visitors Services Coordinator for the Warfield Center Galleries.
Natalie Zelt is a doctoral candidate in the department of American Studies at the University of Texas. Her dissertation, “Self-Made: The Self-Portrait and the Photograph in 'Post-Identity' Art of the United States” examines artwork by LaToya Ruby Frazier, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Mickalene Thomas to argue that the dialectical relationship between the construction of the photograph and identity—and their “posts”— manifests a disruptive space for self-making in the U.S. during the Obama Era. She has worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Harry Ransom Humanities Center; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; and Hemphill Fine Arts, DC. Natalie received her M.A. from the University of Texas and her B.A. from the George Washington University, both in American Studies.