Kata Krasznahorkai (PhD) is a Berlin-based art historian, curator and author working as a Gerda Henkel Researcher at the University of Zurich and as a Lead Expert Advisor for the Council of Europe

In her research she focuses on diverse aspects of artistic freedom focusing on the interaction between state security operations and art as well as Black Power in Eastern Europe.

Currently, she is a

a Gerda Henkel Senior Research Fellow at the University of Zurich, doing research on Black Power in Eastern Europe in Arts and Culture. 

the Lead Expert Advisor, Curator and Scientific Coordinator of the Council of Europe`s digital exhibition “Free to Create—Create to be Free.”

Co-curator with Christin Müller, Franziska Schmidt, Sonia Voss and Susanne Altmann of the exhibition “Pants Wearing Skrits/Hosen haben Röcke an. Die Künstlerinnegruppe Erfurt 1984-1994”at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (nGbK), Berlin (27. November 2021 – 23. Januar 2022) with an upcoming publication in 2022.

ITC Grant Coordinator and MC Member Switzerland in the COST-Action 18204—Dynamics of Placemaking in Europe.

Her monograph “Operative Art History or Who is Afraid of Artists?” will be published by Spector Books in 2022.


Most recently, she curated with Inke Arns and Sylvia Sasse the exhibition “Artists&Agents. Performance Art and te Secret Services” at HMKV Dortmund, which was awarded as “Exhibition of the Year 2020” by the German AICA. With Sylvia Sasse, she is the editor of a volume of the same name, published by Spector Books 2022. 

Krasznahorkai is a member of AICA and Chair of the Berlin association Critique&Culture e.V.