Prof. Dr. Marie-Hélène Gutberlet

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Marie-Hélène Gutberlet studied Art History, Philosophy and Film Studies in Frankfurt and Basel. After almost 20 years of being employed in the film studies sector she has, since 2010, been working as a freelance curator, author and film researcher at the interface between theory, cinema and art, most frequently in a collaborative capacity.

Together with Kathrin Brinckmann and Gaby Babić, Gutberlet curated reel to real, a series of experimental films in Frankfurt, from 2003 through 2013. She also curated, together with Cara Snyman, the exhibitions Shoe Shop in Johannesburg in 2012 and The Space Between Us, which offered artistic takes on mobility and present-day German/African life. From 2013-5, together with Tobias Hering she was Artistic Director of Visionary Archive (Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.). The archive saw iterations in Berlin, Bissau, Johannesburg, Cairo and Khartoum. She was responsible for initiating the festival and exhibition project Cours, cours, camarade, le vieux monde est derrière toiThe Cinema of Med Hondo (Berlin, 2017-9; together with Brigitta Kuster and Enoka Ayemba) and she is coeditor of the resultant three-volume publication.

Together with Annett Busch (Berlin and Trondheim) she has, since 2017, been developing different formats in a project entitled Women on Aeroplanes, which has stopped off in Berlin, Lagos, Bayreuth, London, Warsaw and Frankfurt/Main. In parallel with her project work Gutberlet teaches the History of Film and Film Theory at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, the Lucerne School of Art and Design, Goethe University Frankfurt, Braunschweig University of Art et al.) and works as an external supervisor for various artistic research projects at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and NTNU Trondheim).

In 2019, Gutberlet was a member of the international jury for Akademie Schloss Solitude.

From 2019 through 2020 she was visiting Professor of Film at HfG, the Offenbach University of Art and Design; she has been Professor of Film there since the winter semester 2020.



  • Women on Aeroplanes Inflight Magazine, #1 to #6, 2018 ff., ed. (with Annett Busch), self-published; see
  • “What does it matter?,“ contribution to the exhibition catalogue, Kat. Catharina Szonn, Trouble in Paradise, Kunstverein Konstanz 2020.
  • „Paths Walked Twice,“ in Burcu Dogramaci, Birgit Mersmann (ed.), Handbook of Art and Global Migration, de Gruyter 2019, pp. 117-131.
  • On The Run. Perspectives on The Cinema of Med Hondo, ed. (with Brigitta Kuster) / Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V., Berlin: Archive Books 2020. With contributions by Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Madeleine Bernstorff, Kudzanai Chiurai, Ute Fendler, Abrie Fourie, June Givanni, Boudjemaâ Karèche, Astrid Kusser Ferreira, Seloua Luste Boulbina, Shaheen Merali, Pascale Obolo, Abdoulaye Souleye, Françoise Vergès, Ibrahima Wane, Med Hondo and the editors.
  • 1970-2018 Interviews with Med Hondo. A Cinema On The Run, ed.  (with Brigitta Kuster) / Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V., Berlin: Archive Books 2019.
  • Future Memories, ed. (with Elke aus dem Moore), Stuttgart: ifa, 2015.
  • THE SPACE BETWEEN US, ed., Bielefeld: Kerber Verlag 2013.
  • Shoe Shop, ed. (with Cara Snyman), Johannesburg: Jacana/Fanele 2012.
  • Die Kunst der Migration. Aktuelle Positionen zum europäisch-afrikanischen Diskurs. Material, Gestaltung, Kritik, ed. (with Sissy Helff), Bielefeld: transcript 2011.
  • Auf Reisen – Afrikanisches Kino, Frankfurt/Main and Basel: Stroemfeld 2004. (Dissertation)
  • Zur Repräsentation von Frauen und Geschlechterverhältnissen in sogenannten ethnographischen und kolonialen Filmen (1910-1960), kommentierte Filmographie, Frankfurt/Main: Zentrum für Frauenstudien und die Erforschung der Geschlechterverhältnisse der Goethe-Universität, 2000.

Numerous papers, essays and contributions in magazines, catalogues and anthologies.


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