Masha Godovannaya

Masha Godovannaya

Masha Godovannaya (born 1976, Moscow, USSR/Russia) is an experimental filmmaker, queer-feminist researcher, curator, and educator.

Masha Godovannaya (born 1976, Moscow, USSR/Russia) is an experimental filmmaker, queer-feminist researcher, curator, and educator. Approaching art production as artistic research and collective action, Masha’s artistic and scholarly practices draw on combinations of approaches and spheres such as moving image theory, experimental cinema, and DIY video tradition, social science, post-soviet/postsocialists studies, queer theory, and decolonial methodologies.

Masha holds an MFA degree in Film/Video from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, USA, an MA degree in Sociology from European University in St. Petersburg, Russia, and a PhD in Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria.

Masha’s films and visual works have been shown at festivals and art venues such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, BFI London Film Festival, Ann Arbor International Film Festival, European Media Art Festival, Vienna Shorts Film Festival, Engauge Experimental Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Manifesta 10, 7th Liverpool Biennial, Tate Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, The Ludwig Museum at the Russian Museum, and others.
Masha’s works are distributed by Light Cone (Paris), The Collectif Jeune Cinéma (Paris), Filmmakers’ Cooperative (New York), and The CYLAND Video Archive (New York). These works are included in the collections of The State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), and Österreichisches Filmmuseum (Vienna).

The city bridges are open again

Video / 10:00 min / 2020

The film is conceived as an experimental short found-footage film based on and constructed from several films by Russian avant-garde filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein. Through montage of shots from films, calls, and proclamations of original intertitles, and a specially designed soundtrack by the composer Federico Schmucler, the film concocts a visual story of a utopic revolution-about-to-happen, evoking ghosts, deities, and spirits of the past revolts and inviting them to join the struggle.

Countryless and Queer

16mm & Video / 77:00 min / 2014


The feature-length experimental documentary “Countryless and Queer ” captures traces of queer existence and intimate arrangements lived by non-privileged queers who navigate their experiences of migration in the city of Vienna. The film unfolds narratives of five queer migrants from contexts outside of the Global North which have been marked by gender violence, homophobia, economic instability, and social misbalance. Beyond narratives of damage, marginality is lived through and treated in the film as a space for emancipation and resistance – full of humor and joy, dignity and erotic, emancipation and struggle.

Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

Video / 61:00 min / 2007

08:00 min excerpt

This film is a personal dedication to New York, “a city symphony” to the place which means so much to me.

Music by Philip Corner, Robert Ashley, John Field, Ludwig Van Beethoven

who said there will be a walk in time

Video / 42:00 min / 2018

She. The Title of Artist

Video / 06:43 min / 2015

This is a documentation of total installation "She. The Title of Artist" at the Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum in 2015.


16 mm & Video / 03:16 min / 2018