Exhibitions 2017

Video Vortex XI: Video in Flux

'Ella Talking Art'
February 23 - 26, 2017
Kochi-Muzeris Biennale | Kerala, India

View Video Vortex XI Schedule here


Installations by Katharina Kakar

Hyderabad Literary Festival
January 27th to 29th, 2017

View NDTV coverage here


Crossing the Lakshmana Rekha (Solo Show)

Krishna Kriti Arts Festival
Goethe Zentrum, Hyderabad
January 5 - 17, 2017

Exhibitions 2016


Ella talking Art
(1 day video-projection)

Nothing More Real Than Nothing
Solo show by Roger Ballen

Sunaparanta, Centre for the Arts
December 10, 2016
Panjim, Goa

The Measure of All Things | Rethinking Humanism Through Art 


October 13 - December 11
Department of Art Gallery
(Group Show)

University at Buffalo, New York 

"I loved the video…found it humorous and touching. I showed it to the people in my office and they could not stop laughing." 

Roger Ballen, photo artist, Johannesburg

The Power of Art | Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa

An installation developed by 12 children of a so-called tribal community, two blind children and two hearing-impaired children under guidance of Katharina Kakar, Ninoshka de Silva, Priscilla de Silva and Geeta Jamuni (Tara Trust) | December 16 - 23, 2016

In this project, a selected group of children will be exposed to abstract art through a series of workshops. Exercises that touch upon all senses will be developed to open the children to a new way of looking at art and accessing it. Experiences of power and vulnerability, a subject all children have been exposed to in their lives, will be the leading theme to relate to the exercises. Workshops dealing with the power of movement, the power of touch, the power of colour and shape and the power of music will prepare the children to experience the relationship between their emotions and the creative outcome. The workshops will be an experimental base to eventually create an abstract installation, related to the issue of power and vulnerability that will be shown at the Serendipity Arts Festival, 2016.

Serendipity Arts Festival will serve as an inclusive and collaborative platform for the promotion of arts and culture from the subcontinent on an international level. It aims to be a catalyst across the arts, to create an immersive experience shaped by the creative needs, aspirations and potential of contemporary India.  

Flow of Power | Shakti, Sensuality, Sexuality

Gallery Gitanjali | Panjim, Goa
March 19 - April 19, 2016 (Solo Show)

In her current body of works, “Flow of Power – Shakti, Sensuality, Sexuality”, Katharina plumbs the feminine psyche and its long struggle with patriarchal boundaries, both blatant and insidious.



The 20 works, see Katharina melding her roles as observer, both as an “outsider” and “insider”, anthropologist, archaeologist, story teller and celebrant of women’s inner and outer lives.

Her oeuvre pushes boundaries and evokes debate, confronting and drawing the viewer into the artist’s exploration of inner and outer socioscapes.

The language she uses is both intensely sensual and playfully sculptural, rooted in a layered choice of indigenous materials and found objects.

Her assemblages and installations move and incite us to delve into the innate strength of women, the female perspective on women’s sexuality, the constant play of power dynamics that affects the lives of women all around the world and India in particular and the reclamation of that power.

Miriam Koshy-Sukhija, Director, Gallery Gitanjali

"Katha creates a reciprocity between us and the art work by making it part of us, or of making us part of it. There are many stories but with an overarching theme. That of interrogation. Interrogating patriarchy, interrogating femininity, interrogating herself even. [...]

What makes Flow of Power such a significant exhibition is the way in which the two different spaces of Gitanjali and Pousada have been used - challenging and upending the traditional ways of display. You have to walk into, became part of, bend over, touch and even trigger lights in various art works. Participation is so fundamental in installations that critiquing it becomes problematic if not impossible. Photographing it or making a video     of it remain poor substitutes for the actual experience of it." 

Apurva Kulkarni, Art Historian and Independent Curator, Goa


Latitude 28 Presents: 
Crossing the Lakshaman Rekha
Shakti | Sensuality | Sexuality

December 2, 2015 - January 6, 2016 (Solo Show) 

Crossing the Lakshmana Rekha questions the role of tradition and sexuality.

It looks at the different aspects of sensuality and femininity from the female perspective to unseat the dominant male gaze.

Latitude 28, New Delhi



Crossing the Lakshmana Rekha (2015) wax body parts, rose pedals, circle, 3 meters in diameter

The expression “Crossing the Lakshmana Rekha” has become a powerful cultural idiom in India, signifying the consequences of crossing moral boundaries. The expression refers to a story from the Ramayana known by every Indian: Rama’s brother Lakshmana draws a line around Sita’s house, which she is not allowed to cross. When she does so, the demon Ravana abducts her. 

Crossing the Lakshmana Rekha consists of a large circle, three meters in diameter, filled with rose petals. Beyond its boundaries I place several hundred distorted wax body parts, made from my own body. The installation refers to women’s vulnerability in public space. In the imagination of many Indians, women should be confined to the house, thus occupy private space, while public space is traditionally regarded as male space. Despite the growing visibility of women in public, their safety in North Indian cities like Delhi is constantly under threat. Not only are women made partly responsible for violence happening to them, but they are also pushed back into private, “controllable” space and role expectations.

Reclaiming public space that is denied to women, is significant in redefining gender roles within modern Indian society.

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Screw you (2015) wax heads, copper nails on ash coated pedestal, 50  x 50 x 75 cm

The term “Screw You” originally means “to copulate” and dates from at least 1725, on the notion of driving a screw into something.  An exclamation of strong defiance and contempt, the term is considered a euphemism for “fuck you”. 

Women, living life on their own terms, disregarding the unspoken cultural “contracts” of a deeply patriarchal society are often looked at with contempt and suspicion, screwed as much as they screw the cultural expectations and role models imposed on them. 

Screw You! depicts this via reddish-purple female heads, made of wax, with shiny copper nails driven into them like into voodoo dolls.

Hung Out To Dry (2015)
plastic, traces of wax and pigment, stainless steel frame

Hung Out To Dry consists of 13 abstract vaginas - triangle-shapes in plastic - hung with clips like washed items on a stainless steel frame. This shape of the vagina originates from an Indian temple sculpture of the 3rd century A.D., a depiction in stone, which shows two priests worshipping the vagina. The texture of my plastic vagina is fragile and fabric-like. It can be read as a humorous attempt to point to issues of female desire, which often remain unaddressed or gets lost in the daily household chores that structure family life and women’s duties.







Kama Interrupted (2015) 
three iron tables, Kamasutra books, copper items, paint, digital picture frame,100 x 170 x 40 cm

Kama Interrupted deals with the reinterpretation of the Kamasutra, one of the oldestIndian textbook on eroticism and sexuality. Today, copies of the Kamasutra -usually illustrated with miniatures of postures of sexual intercourse- sell in the millions. Because of its illustrated copies, often without the actual text, the Kamasutra is widely misunderstood as a book of postures of sexual intercourse only. However, it is a book that deals with the art of living: sensuality, eroticism, the lightness or playfulness of love and sex and its different ways to go about it. Its author Vatsayana wrote large portions of the Kamasutra for men, but he also clearly recommends its study to women.

Does he do this, because “informed” women, comfortable with their bodies and sexuality, are capable of giving men greater pleasure? Or does he actually recognize women as subjects and full participant in sexual life? Perhaps both.  

I chose three identical Kamasutra books, replacing the erotic miniature pictures with two copper items and 1 digital photo frame and overprinted parts of the text.






Between Going and Staying (2015) three pillars, chili balls, bronze chili ball, copper, dried chillies, oil paint, bronze, 1,50 x 2,50 m

Between Going and Staying consists of three pillars made of chilies mounted on a copper base. They refer at once to the potency of the condensed chilli powder and the metaphor of pillars, that refer to the notion of women as the “pillars” of the family and nation.

In the opinion of many traditional Indians, the honor of the family and the Indian nation depends on the sexual behavior and control of women hence the conflicting juxtaposition of the sexual and moral impetus. This juxtaposition points to the many conflicting emotions and the occasional paralysis faced by women in the 21st century face, torn between deeply internalized ancient values and role models while in motion towards new identities at the same time.


Exhibitions 2015

Crossing the Lakshmana Rekha (Solo Show)

Curated by Dr. Alka Pande

Visual Arts Gallery
Lodhi Road, New Delhi

November 24th - 30th, 2015

Palete - International Film Festival Goa (IFFG)

Installation, Panjim, Goa

November 2015

Tales from Darkness (Group Show)

Curated by Leandre de Souza

Sunaparanta, Centre for the Arts
Panjim, Goa

March 27th - April 30th, 2015

And Still I Rise (Group Show)

Curated by Elisabeth Rogers and
Anand Kapoor

Instituto Cervantes - Cultural Centre of Spain
Hanuman Road, New Delhi

March 27th - April 12th, 2015

Kama Interrupted (Group Show)

Curated by Apurva Kulkarni

Gallery Gitanjali
Panjim, Goa

February 13th - 17th, 2015

Beyond Images (Group Show)

Curated by Mohan Naik

Achies Gallery
Chandor, Goa

January 24th - February 24th, 2015

Alptraum (Group Show)

Curated by Marcus Sendlinger and
Caro Suehrkemper

Salon de Lirio
Velim, Goa

January 4th - 30th, 2015


Exhibitions 2014

Janela (Group Show)

Curated by Valentina Levy

A collateral event of Kochi Muziris Biennale
Kochi, Kerela

December 12th, 2014 - April 29th, 2015

Word, Text, Image - The Story of Art (Group Show)

Curated by Dr. Alka Pande

Hotel Clarks Amer
Jaipur, Rajasthan

January 16th - 30th, 2014






Exhibitions 2013

Small is Big (Group Show)

Curated by Anoop Kamat

Durbar Hall Gallery
Kochi, Kerela

October 20th - 27th, 2013


United Art Fair (Group Show)

Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

September 2013

Women, Bodies, Goddesses

Solo Exhibition

Sunaparanta, Centre for the Arts
Panjim, Goa

August 2013

Exhibitions 2012

Unsung in Life, Unclaimed in Death

Curated by Raqs Media Collective

Performance installation in collaboration with Subodh Kerkar

Sarai Reader 09
Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi

October 2012


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