mazefilm has produced films, video installations, photographs and publications by Sandra Schäfer since 2008. Schäfer works both collectively and individually. Cooperation partners were the Composting Knowledge Network in the context of documenta fifteen in Kassel, Camera Austria Graz, archive Berlin, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Savvy Contemporary in Berlin, Depo Istanbul, metroZones Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Forum Expanded Berlinale, arsenal Berlin, Hangar Beirut, La Virreina in Barcelona, London, the Showroom London, Cinenova London etc. The publications have been published by archive books Berlin, Camera Austria Graz, Spector Books Leipzig or b_books Berlin.

mazefilm was founded in 2006 by the two artists Elfe Brandenburger and Sandra Schäfer. From 2006 to 2008, mazefilm produced films and video installations and organised festivals, film programmes and workshops in cooperation with BasaFilm and Afghan Film in Kabul, Working Images in Barcelona, the Kassel Documentary and Video Festival, arsenal in Berlin and others.


Sandra Schäfer

Sandra Schäfer’s artistic practice deals with the production of urban, rural and geopolitical space, history, and visual politics. Often her works are based on researches, in which she is concerned with the margins, gaps and discontinuities of our perception of history, political struggles, urban, rural and geopolitical spaces.

Her works were exhibited at 66th and 67th Berlinale (Forum Expanded), Berlin; at Camera Austria, Graz; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt; mumok, Vienna; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Depo, Istanbul; La Virreina, Barcelona; Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe. In 2018, she completed her doctorate focusing on militant visual and spatial politics at HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg. Schäfer also is professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich and an associated member of the feminist film distributor Cinenova in London. Schäfer’s practice involves curating film and lecture programmes. In 2003, for example, she curated the film festival Kabul/ Tehran 1979ff: Film Landscapes, Cities under Stress and Migration at the Volksbühne Berlin and the Filmkunsthaus Babylon together with Jochen Becker and Madeleine Bernstorff. She published the books: Contested Landscapes, Archive Books Berlin & Camera Austria Graz (2022). Moments of Rupture: Space, Militancy & Film, Spector Books, Leipzig (2020), stagings. Kabul, Film & Production of Representation, b_books, Berlin (2009) and Kabul/ Teheran 1979ff. Filmlandschaften, Städte unter Stress und Migration, b_books, Berlin (2006, together with Jochen Becker and Madeleine Bernstorff).


Schäfer’s videos are represented and distributed by

Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art

Potsdamer Straße 2

10785 Berlin

You can view the videos online

For any inquiries please write to:

Angelika Ramlow

Telephone: +49-30-26955-250

Fax: +49-30-26955-111

Email: distribution(at)



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