Steinar Sekkingstad is an art historian, curator and writer. He has been curator at Bergen Kunsthall since 2009. At Bergen Kunsthall he has curated exhibitions with artists such as Martin Beck (2018), Matana Roberts (2017), Eric Baudelaire (2014), Haegue Yang (2013), Nick Mauss (2013) Willem de Rooij (2012) and Knut Henrik Henriksen (2012), as well as co-curated numerous exhibitions with directors Solveig Øvstebø (2006-2013), Martin Clark (2013-2017) and Axel Wieder (2018-), including among others: Peter Wächtler (2019), Beatrice Gibson (2019), Joachim Koester (2018), Torbjørn Rødland (2018), “On Circulation”, group exhibition (2018), Magali Reus (2017), Charlotte Prodger (2017), Jan Groth (2017), Moyra Davey (2016), Fredrik Værslev (2016), ”Image Support”, group exhibition with Lucas Blalock, Marieta Chirulescu, Ann-Cathrin November Høibo, Eileen Quinlan (2016), Jean-Michel Wicker (2015), Ane Hjort Guttu (2015), Will Benedict (2014), The Otolith Group (2014), Tone Vigeland (2014), Gardar Eide Einarsson (2013), Richard Tuttle (2012), Gabriel Kuri (2012), Karl Holmqvist (2012), “Brannon, Büttner, Kierulf, Kierulf, Kilpper”, group exhibition (2012), Magnhild Øen Nordahl (2012), Joan Jonas (2011), “Gambaroff, Krebber, Quaytman, Rayne”, group exhibition (2010), Ida Ekblad (2010), Luke Fowler (2010), Toril Johannessen (2010), “Looking is Political”, group exhibition with Nairy Baghramian, Bojan Sarcevic, Ane Hjort Guttu (2009), Stephen Prina (2009).
Sekkingstad studied art history at the University of Bergen, specialising in sound art, with a thesis on sound in contemporary art from 2004. He has been a member of the expert committee for visual arts at Arts Council Norway (2016-2018). He was one of the founders of the sound art gallery Lydgalleriet in Bergen, and has been board member at organizations Borealis Festival and Tag-Team Studios. He co-founded Bergen Kunsthall’s concert series Utmark, running continuously since 2008, presenting experimental underground music from all genres. He has edited a number of publications and written about contemporary art for magazines, publications and exhibition catalogues.