Video: Jessica Dunn Rovinelli
Han Ok-hee, Untitled 77-A (1977), film still, Courtesy of Asia Culture Center (ACC)
Film still from We’re Alive, 1974, realized by the Video Workshop of the California Institute for Women and the Women’s Film Workshop of the University of California, Los Angeles., UCLA Film & Television Archive & Michie Gleason, Kathy Levitt, Christine Mohanna

Jun 19–Aug 28, 2022

No Master Territories

Feminist Worldmaking and the Moving Image

June 19–Aug 28, 2022
Daily, except Tue, 12 noon–8 pm

Exhibition hall, lecture hall

7€/5€, second visit included Tickets

Free admission: Mondays and for visitors under age 18

Embracing the moving image as a wellspring of feminist imagination

At a time when feminism is enjoying a mainstream resurgence but must be reclaimed from a neoliberal emphasis on individual success, and when the hybridization of documentary and artists’ film occupies a vital place in the landscape of contemporary practices, the exhibition No Master Territories makes a strategic return to the past. By revisiting the period of the 1970s to 1990s, it aims both to pay homage to the important work that has come before and to respond to the urgencies of the present.

Bridging the fields of documentary and artists’ film, No Master Territories assembles a plurality of practices to offer an expansive, intersectional account of underappreciated encounters between feminism and the moving image. Across a polycentric, global geography, it maps how artists and filmmakers have explored the nexus of gender and power and charts sites at which feminism connects to other struggles for justice.

Curators: Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg

Part of The New Alphabet

Online cinema | June 18–Aug 28, 2022

Helke Misselwitz, Winter adé (After Winter Comes Spring)

Winter adé is a collective portrait of East German women and girls across generations. Helke Misselwitz begins the film in the first person, relaying the story of her life over images of her birthplace. From there, she undertakes a journey that goes far beyond her own autobiography, traveling from one end to the other of a country that would soon cease to exist.

“I know many women whose longings and anxieties I share,” she says in voiceover as she sets out “to see how others have lived and how they want to live.” Through a series of intimate conversations that bridge the “I” and the “we,” Winter adé challenges official narratives of gender equality under socialism, installing in their place a polyvocal account of female experience that foregrounds contradiction, individuality and historicity on the eve of an immense socio-political transformation.

35 mm, 116 min, German Democratic Republic 1988

Photo © DEFA-Stiftung, Thomas Plenert

No Master Territories comprises a gallery presentation and a cinema program that repeats weekly throughout the duration of the exhibition. Special screenings in the presence of directors and other contributors complement the exhibition, as do a podcast and an online cinema.

The accompanying book will be published by MIT Press in 2022.

The exhibition will travel to the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in 2023.


Peggy Ahwesh
Chantal Akerman
Atteyat Al-Abnoudy
Claudia von Alemann
Helena Amiradżibi
Michal Aviad
Marjorie Beaucage
Berwick Street Film Collective
Camille Billops/James Hatch
Susana Blaustein Muñoz
Tabea Blumenschein
Lizzie Borden
Dionne Brand/Ginny Stikeman
Byun Young-joo
Gloria Camiruaga
Anna Carini/Rony Daopulo/Paola De Martis/Maria Grazia Belmonti/Annabella Miscuglio/Loredana Rotondo
Ann Carney/Barbara Phillips
Sheba Chhachhi
Essie Coffey
Jo Davis/Lis Rhodes
Zeinabu irene Davis
Maricarmen de Lara
Gardi Deppe/Barbara Kasper/Brigitte Krause/Ingrid Oppermann/Tamara Wyss
Maya Deren
Deepa Dhanraj
Assia Djebar
Loredana Dordi
Katherine Dunham
JoAnn Elam
Safi Faye
Frauenfilmgruppe München
Michie Gleason / Kathy Levitt / Christine Mohanna
Sara Gómez
Grupo Chaski
Krystyna Gryczełowska
Barbara Hammer
Han Ok-hee
Haneda Sumiko
Mona Hatoum
Zora Neale Hurston
Idemitsu Mako
Ana Victoria Jiménez
Tina Keane
Olga Khodataeva/Nikolai Khodataev
Ketty La Rocca
Sandra Lahire
Maria Lassnig
Robin Laurie/Margot Nash
Angelika Levi
Mirentxu Loyarte
Nalini Malani
Sarah Maldoror
Marilú Mallet
Cecilia Mangini
Barbara McCullough
Kate Millett/Sophie Keir
Annabella Miscuglio
Helke Misselwitz
Tracey Moffatt
Kitico Moreno
Mira Nair
Gunvor Nelson/Dorothy Wiley
Ulrike Ottinger
Paper Tiger TV
Letícia Parente
Parituh (Kim Soyoung)
Alice Ann Parker (Severson)
Pratibha Parmar
Qiu Miaojin
Yvonne Rainer
Mirha-Soleil Ross/Mark Karbusicky
Jocelyne Saab
Valeria Sarmiento
Claudia Schillinger
Gundula Schulze Eldowy
Delphine Seyrig
Esfir Shub
Cauleen Smith
Penelope Spheeris
Chick Strand
Khady Sylla
Leslie Thornton
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Abisag Tüllmann
Agnès Varda
Drahomíra Vihanová
Joyce Wieland


Elena Baumeister/Johanne Hoppe/Inga Selck
Madeleine Bernstorff
Shai Heredia
Nina Hoechtl
Sarah Keller
Ricardo Matos Cabo
Sahar Salahshoor
Rasha Salti
Isabel Seguí
Marc Siegel
Xiaoyu Weng