Founded by the artists Elfe Brandenburger and Sandra Schäfer in 2006, mazefilm produces films, video installations, and photographs; organises festivals and film programmes; and publishes books. Since 2008 mazefilm has been continued by Sandra Schäfer and has worked with BasaFilm and Afghan Films in Kabul, Working Images in Barcelona and many others.
Sandra Schäfer’s artistic practice deals with the production of urban and geopolitical space, history, and visual politics. Her works are often based on long-term research concerned with the process of unpacking and re-reading documents, images, and spatial narratives.
From 2010 to 2012 Schäfer participated in the interdisciplinary research project “The Urban Cultures of Global Prayers”, which was initiated by metroZones, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and Viadrina European University. In 2018, she completed her doctorate focusing on militant visual and spatial politics at HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg. Her works have been exhibited at the Berlinale, Berlin; mumok, Vienna; Depo, Istanbul; La Virreina, Barcelona; National Gallery of Art, Vilnius; Camera Austria, Graz; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; and Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologien (ZKM), Karlsruhe. Schäfer’s practice also involves curating film and lecture programmes. In 2003, together with Jochen Becker and Madeleine Bernstorff, she curated the film festival “Kabul/Tehran 1979ff: Film Landscapes, Cities under Stress and Migration” at Volksbühne Berlin and Filmkunsthaus Babylon. In 2006, a book with the same title was published by b_books, Berlin. Schäfer is an associated member of the feminist film distributor Cinenova in London. Together with Karolin Meunier, Kerstin Schroedinger, Marina Vishmidt, and other members of the Cinenova Working Group, she curated the “Select and Dispossess” festival at Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna in 2013.