Katharina Poggendorf-Kakar, born in 1967 in Germany, grew up in an artist family and was exposed to art from early childhood. She studied Comparative Religion, Anthropology and Indian Art History at the Free University, Berlin, where she taught at the Institute of Comparative Religion and took her Ph.D. in 2001. She is the author of several books and was a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religion in Harvard, USA (2001/2002) and at Morphomata, Center for Advanced Studies in Cologne, University of Cologne (2011/2012).
In 2003, she moved with her husband, the writer Sudhir Kakar, to a village in Goa/India where she lives and works. In 2008 she initiated the non-profit organization Tara Trust, which uses art and creativity as a tool for growth and education for deprived children in India.
In 2012, she began to work full time on her own art. She instantly received recognition for her installations and drawings from leading curators in India, which led to a series of exhibitions within India. Her body of work emerges from her academic base in anthropology and she perceives her art as a confluence of her work of the past 20 years. Many of her works include copper as well as materials of her immediate environment.
Solo and group shows:
March 2016: Solo Show, “Flow of Power: Shakti, Sensuality, Sexuality”, Gallery Gitanjali, Panjim, Goa
December 2015: Solo Show, “Crossing the Lakshmana Rekha: Shakti, Sensuality, Sexuality”, Latitude 28, New Delhi
November 2015: Solo Show, “Crossing the Lakshmana Rekha: Shakti, Sensuality, Sexuality”, curated by Alka Pande, India Habitat Centre Gallery, New Delhi
November 2015: Installations by 5 artists during the International Film Festival (IFFI), Panjim, Goa
March 2015: “And Still I Rise”, curated by Elisabeth Rogers and Anand Kapoor, Group Show, Instituto Cervantes (Cultural Centre of Spain), New Delhi
March 2015: “Tales from Darkness”, curated by Leandre de Souza, Group Show, Sunaparanta, Centre for the Arts, Panjim, Goa
February 2015: “Kama, Interrupted”, curated by Apurna Kulkarni, Group Show, Gitanjali Gallery, Panjim, Goa
January 2015: “Beyond images”, curated by Mohan Naik, Group Show, Achies Gallery, Chandor, Goa
January 2015: “Alptraum”, curated by Marcus Sendlinger (Berlin), Wandering International Group Show of 13 Countries, Salon de Lirio, Velim, Goa
December 2014 to April 2015: “Janela", curated by Valentina Levy (Rome), Group Show, a collateral event of Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kerala
January 2014: “Word, Text, Image – The Story of Art”, curated by Alka Pande, Group Show, Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur
October 2013: “Small is Big”, curated by Anoop Kamat, Group Show, Durbar Hall Gallery, Kochi, Kerala
September 2013: Participation at the United Art Fair, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
August 2013: “Women, Bodies, Goddesses”, Solo Show, Sunaparanta, Centre for the Arts, Panjim, Goa
October 2012: “Unsung in Life, Unclaimed in Death”, Performance-installation together with Subodh Kerkar, Sarai reader 09, curated by Raqs Media Collective, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi