Masha Godovannaya

Queer Partisaning: Traces of Queer Relationality as Cinematic Errantry

Grounded in the filmwork produced within the context of the PhD-in-Practice study program of Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, my dissertation project Queer Partisaning: Traces of Queer Relationality as Cinematic Errantry centers around the concept of queer relationality as an all-encompassing term that points to sites and diasporic social-aesthetic practices, quotidian acts, and mundane gestures of queer living, loving, and bonding, and as an alternative mode of being in the world. In the artistic inquiry, I propose framing experimental cinema as my technology of engroupment and as an aesthetically potent realm where queer relations can sprout, be practiced, visually experienced, and aesthetically traced through, with and as filmmaking, and through, with and as films. I see my inquiry – cinematic errantry through queer relationality – as a rhizomatic thought where qualitative social science research, refunctioned auto\ethnography, queer theory, and experimental cinema are intertwined and stitched – or rather montaged – together into a dense weave with and through methods of post-qualitative inquiry, decolonial and queer approaches that are, in turn, constitutive of my practice of queer partisaning. I argue that by relying on my proposed experimental filmmaking strategies (“queer partisaning”) and by inviting other-than-western subjects of queernesses to join me in this cinematic errantry, queer relationality could be generated through a collaborative ethical process of making an experimental film, through which this queer relationality could be dreamed of and made concrete, and, in turn, produced anew.

Masha Godovannaya, “tomorrow i failed completely”, Film Still, 2020
Masha Godovannaya is a visual artist, queer-feminist researcher, curator, and educator, born in Moscow, Russia.  Masha considers her films and installations audiovisual experiences blending personal, subjective elements with more concrete observations of the external world and social context. Approaching art production as collective action, her artistic practice is closely connected to artistic research and draws on combinations of approaches and spheres such as moving image theory, sociology, political science, gender theory, feminist studies, queer theory, and contemporary art. Her works have been exhibited and screened at Center Georges Pompidou, Rotterdam Film Festival, the Tate Modern, Oberhausen International Film Festival, London Film Festival Manifesta-10, 7th Liverpool Biennial, etc.; her curatorial projects have been presented at different venues such as, Anthology Film Archives, Cinematexas Film Festival, Independent Film Show E-M Arts, Moscow International Film Festival, Avanto Film Festival, Amsterdam Film Center, etc.
She holds MFA degree in Film/Video from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York, and MA in Sociology from European University in St. Petersburg, Russia.
At the end of 2015 together with group of artists, activists, and social researches from St. Petersburg, Russia, she co-founded a queer-feminist affinity art group “Unwanted Organisation” (
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