Iris Sikking is an independent curator based in Amsterdam, educated as a film editor and a photo historian. As a curator, writer and mentor, she focuses on artistic positions in the overlapping field of art, journalism and documentary. Her curation focuses on innovative strategies for storytelling, utilising a variety of media and platforms.
Iris has gained ample experience in designing exhibition layouts; editing of photobooks; creating interactive websites; as well as leading collaborative teams, developing partnerships, and securing project funding. For over fifteen years now, she has developed projects in close collaboration with artists, conceived thematic exhibitions, and published photo books as well as online projects.
In 2018, she acted as the chief curator of the Krakow Photomonth and compiled the main program Space of Flows: Framing an Unseen Reality.
Recently, she curated the Futures Talents exhibition, The Image is Our Voice, for Unseen Foundation presented at Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam. With the aim to provide a foundation for a wider discourse on photography in the twenty-first century, she co-edited the volume Why Exhibit? Positions on Exhibiting Photographies (2018).
In addition to her curatorial projects, Iris carries out portfolio reviews, serves on multiple competition juries, and sits on the advisory committees of the Mondriaan Fund and Stroom Den Haag. She is also a tutor of the BA Photography & Film at the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost in Breda.