Visitor’s programme Iris Sikking

25-27 Jun 2021
Visitor's programmeBrussel & Antwerpen
The curator of the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie in Mannheim visits Brussels and Antwerp.

Iris Sikking, curator of the Biennale für aktuelle fotografie in Mannheim (DE), visits Brussels and Antwerp.

She will visit Level Five, GALLERY GALLERY, AntwerpPhoto Festival, FOMU, and will meet with Anouk Kruithof, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Dries Seghers, Florine Thiebaud, Philippe Braquenier, Pierre-Philippe Hofmann, Alexey Shlyk & Ben Van den Berghe and Mashid Mohadjerin

Bio Iris Sikking

The Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie 2022 will be curated by Iris Sikking from the Netherlands. This was announced today by the board of the Biennale upon consultation in a meeting with the directors and managers of the partnering exhibition houses of the Biennale. The 3rd Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie will take place from 19 March through 22 May, 2022, in various exhibition venues in Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg.

Iris Sikking (*1968 in Amsterdam) lives and works as an independent curator in Amsterdam. She is a trained photography historian and film editor. Through the mid-1980s, she also worked as a DJane in Delft. As a curator, author and mentor, her focus has been on artistic positions at the intersection of art, photojournalism and documentary photography. Innovative strategies of storytelling paired with her eclectic use of media and presentation methods are the hallmarks of her curatorial work.

For more than fifteen years, she has realized international projects in close cooperation with artists, conceived thematic exhibitions and published photo books as well as online projects. In 2018, she was chief curator of the Krakow Photomonth Festival. With the goal of establishing the basis for initiating a broader discourse about photography in the 21st century, she was editor of the photo book Why Exhibit? Positions in Exhibiting Photographies (published by Fw:books, Amsterdam) that same year.

As an exhibition consultant, she is responsible in 2020 for the presentation of the research project Facing Srebrenica and the Future of Memory in Europe at Framer Framed, Amsterdam. In 2021, she will realize an exhibition based on the archive of Dutch wartime photographer Chas Gerretsen for the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam and Tree and Soil in Fotomuseum Den Haag, a long-term project by Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong.

Alongside her curatorial projects, she also conducts portfolio reviews, is a member of a number of competition juries and serves on the advisory board of the renowned Mondriaan Fund. She is also a tutor for the BA Photography, Film & The Digital course at the School of Art and Design, St. Joost in Breda.