Aura Seikkula is an independent curator and researcher based in Helsinki, Finland. She is a fellow at the National Doctoral Programme for Social and Political Sciences. Seikkula is curatorial advisor for the santralistanbul contemporary art museum and European Economic and Social Committee.
She is currently curating ‘Urban Studies’ event series questioning the public space in Shanghai and cocurating ‘On Independence and the Ambivalence of Promise’ workshop and exhibition program with Bisi Silva for the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria. Most recently, Seikkula curated the exhibitions, ‘Tense Territories’ for the santralistanbul and ‘Questions of Conflict. Third Party Observations’ for the European Museum for Peace in Austria and co-curated ‘Uncharted.
User Frames in Media Arts’ for the santralistanbul and ‘Photography : Now 2009’ biennial for the Centrum för Fotografi, Stockholm. Seikkula has worked in curatorial positions at the Finnish Museum of Photography, NIFCA Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki FI and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin DE. Seikkula is the co-founder and president of SKY Finnish Society for Curators and member of the Piknik Frequency Media Art Organization. Seikkula has published ‘On the Notion of Culture and Identity. A Study of Paul Ricoeur’s Narrative Identity.’ (2008, VDM Verlag) and numerous articles about contemporary cultural/identity politics in art.