Katja was raised in The Netherlands and followed her heart to Australia in 2004. Her journeys across the continent has connected her deeply to the land and its people, and she strongly believes
relationships are key to understanding culture.
She has been passionately witnessing and supporting the 'Black Revolution' driven by Indigenous Artists who have been (re)educating the public, re-writing the past and driving positive change.
During her time in Broome where she studied Aboriginal Studies & Education as part of her Anthropology degree, Katja was invited to work as a production member at two films in the Great Sandy Desert with the Kukatja & Nardhi people:
‘Kurrarlkatjanu: The Last Generation’ (27mins), Kapululangu Aboriginal Women's Law and Culture Centre (2013)
http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/video/178711107626/Ngurra-S1- Ep5-Kurrarlkatjanu- Last-Generation
'Tjawa Tjawa' (12 mins), Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media (PAKAM), 06/2014 - 07/2014
Katja also recorded the stories of a Broome Elder and Law Boss during their walkabouts, which she is hoping will be published.
Her connection with Aunty Bronwyn Razem happened at the Connecting to Country Aboriginal Arts Festival, which Katja directed in 2014-2016. Bronwyn and Katja's initial collaboration developed into a friendship and creative business partnership —Mirrnong Minnie— which combines their passions for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Education.
Katja created The art of Anthropology as a platform to foster her aspirations for co-creative projects that nurture her passion for and support of Indigenous culture and the Arts. Katja sees connection, engagement and creativity as the key ingredients for a culturally-cohesive and sustainable future for all and looks forward to engaging more schools, organisations, galleries, festivals and community groups with heart-felt cultural arts & education projects.