The Berlin-based non-profit association Critique & Culture is a dynamic network of critical-reflexive artists, critics, film critics, and cultural producers, coming primarily from Eastern Europe. Through its activities, Critique & Culture aims to contribute to the strengthening of critical positions in the widest possible sense and empowering artists and arts professionals.
Kata Krasznahorkai is a Berlin-based art historian, cultural activist and curator working as a Research Fellow at the University of Zurich. Following a 5-years ERC-research focused on research in state security archives on performance art, she edited with Sylvia Sasse "Artists&Agents. Performance Art and State Security" (spector books 2019 / forthcoming in English 2020). With Sylvia Sasse and Inke Arns, she also curated "Artists&Agents" at the HMKV in Dortmund (on view until 19 April 2020).
Currently, she prepares the book "Who is Afraid of Artists?" (forthcoming 2020 at spector books) on the role of artists in oppressive societies. She questions operative psychology and training methods of secret agents in their interaction with artists based on her research in state security archives.
Her upcoming research project as a Gerda-Henkel-Fellow at the University of Zurich analyzes racism in Eastern Europe based on research on "Black Power in Eastern Europe. Angela Davis and the Arts".
Krasznahorkai is the Chair of the Berlin-based NGO Critique&Culture e.V. (critiqueandculture.com) empowering Eastern Europan cultural workers in Berlin.
Krasznahorkai studied art history in Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, and Hamburg. She defended her Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg about Walter De Marias "Lightning Field" 2015 (Spitze der Blitze, edition metzel 2018). She published and lectured extensively on the interrelation between performance art and state security, e.g. „Black or White Black or White? Angela Davis, Bobby Seale und Black Power zwischen Staatssicherheit und Happenings im Ungarn der 1970er Jahre“ (2019); „Surveilling the Public Sphere. The First Hungarian Happening in Secret Agents Reports“ in Performance in the Second Public Sphere (2018); “Heightened Alert: The Underground Art Scene in the Sights of the Secret Police “ in: Art Beyond Borders(2015) or ”Wie Spitzel unser Wissen über Kunst vermehren” in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2012).
Krasznahorkai worked as a curator at the Ludwig Museum Budapest (1996-2003), the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (2010-2016) and as associate curator at the HMKV Dortmund.
Krasznahorkai is a member of AICA International and also works as an author for the online magazine Geschichte der Gegenwart (geschichtedergegenwart.ch).