Sandra Schäfer is an artist and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. In her artistic work she deals with the production of urban and transregional spaces, history and visual politics. Often her works are based on longer researchs, in which she is concerned with processes of unfolding and re-reading of documents, images and spatial narratives.
From 2010 to 2012 Sandra Schäfer participated in the interdisciplinary research project the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers, a project initiated by metroZones, House of World Cultures and Viadrina University. In 2018, she completed her PhD in Arts at HFBK Hamburg focusing on militant visual and spatial politics and in 2020, her book ‚Moments of Rupture. Space, Militancy and Film’ will be published in the publishing house Spector Books.
Her works were exhibited at the Berlinale film festival, Berlin; mumok, Vienna; Depo, Istanbul; La Virreina, Barcelona; National Gallery of Art, Vilnius; Camera Austria, Graz; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologien (ZKM), Karlsruhe. Schäfer’s practice also involves curating of film- and lecture programmes. Thus 2003 she curated together with Jochen Becker and Madeleine Bernstorff the film festival ‚Kabul/Tehran 1979ff: Film Landscapes, Cities under Stress and migration’ at Volksbühne Berlin and Filmkunsthaus Babylon. 2006 the same-named book was published in the publishing house b_books in Berlin. She is member of the feminist film distributor Cinenova in London. Thus 2013 she curated together with Karolin Meunier, Kerstin Schroedinger, Marina Vishmidt and further members of the Cinenova working group the festival ‚select and dispossess’ in Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna.