Junior Professor for Media Theory at the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies



E.O2.19, Akademiestr. 4



Tel: +49 / 89 / 38 52 -239




Marietta Kesting holds the position of junior professor for media theory at the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich since April 2016. She studied photography, film, cultural studies and media theory at Bennington College, USA and Humboldt University, Berlin. From 2008 to 2011 she was an assistant at the Institute for Contemporary History at the University of Vienna and from 2014-2016 she was a researcher at Image|Science|Gestaltung at Humboldt University. Her PhD Affective Images of Post-Apartheid. Documentary Perspectives on Migration, Xenophobia and Gender in South African Film and Photography (2015) was funded by the DFG and nominated for the Humboldt-Award. Since autumn 2015 she is a post-doc researcher at the University of applied Arts in Vienna in the FWF project “A Matter of Historicity. Material Practices in Audiovisual Art.“ She curated the photography exhibit “Now you see me, now you don’t” for the National Theatre of Mannheim and directed several essayistic films. Kesting is part of the publishing collective b_books, Berlin since 2004 and has become a member of the editorial board of FKW journal for visual culture and gender studies in 2017. She has written and published several books and articles, including the monographs Politik und Sichtbarkeit in Johannesburg (Lit 2009), Affective Images of Post-Apartheid (SUNY, fall 2017), as well as with A. Weskott Sun Tropes. Sun City and (Post-) Apartheid Culture in South Africa (August 2009) with Sophia Kunze Dark Rooms. Räume der Un/Sichtbarkeit (Neofelis 2017).






Monographs and edited volumes


Kesting, Marietta (2017): Affective Images, Post-Apartheid Documentary Perspectives, SUNY Press, Albany, NY, peer-reviewed, will be published in December.



Kesting, Marietta & Hofer, Kristina Pia (eds.) (2017): “Dated Formats Now: Material Practices in Audiovisual Art”, FKW # 61, Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und visuelle Kultur.


Kesting, Marietta & Kunze, Sophia (eds.) (2017): Darkrooms – Räume der Unsichtbarkeit, Neofelis.


Kesting, Marietta (2010): Politik und Sichtbarkeit in Johannesburg. „Wohlstandsgefängnis“ und „Ghettoisierung“ unter dem Primat der Sicherheitsfrage, Wien: LIT Verlag.


Kesting, Marietta & A. Weskott (eds.) (2009): Sun Tropes. Sun City and (Post-) Apartheid Culture in South Africa. Berlin: August Verlag.



Articles and essays:


Kesting, Marietta (2017): „Operative Porträts und die Spuren von Körpern – Über die Konstruktion pikturaler Evidenz“, in: Bildwelten des Wissens, 2017.


Kesting, Marietta (2017): „Performing Histories with Obsolete Media-The Example of a South African Photo-Film“, in Alphaville, Issue 12, Winter 2016/17



Kesting, Marietta (2016): “Photographic Portraits of Migrants: Framed between Identity Photographs and (Self-)Presentation”, in: L. du Toit & K. Thomas (eds.), Photography in and out of Africa: Iterations with a Difference. London: Routledge, p. 471-494.


Kesting, Marietta (2013): Migration Zu-Sehen-Geben: Strategien der Sichtbarmachung in zwei südafrikanischen Dokumentarfilmen. In: Zooming IN and OUT. Produktionen des Politischen im neueren deutschsprachigen Dokumentarfilm, Julia B. Köhne et al. (eds.), Wien, 2013, p. 39-51.


Kesting, Marietta, & Köppert, Katrin, & Schoen, Anne-Julia & Engelmann, Lukas (2012): Visuelle Kultur und Theorie des Bildes. Eine Rezensionsdiskussion. In: Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft 7, 1/2012.


Kesting, Marietta & Sabo, Klaudija (2012): Geschichte/n in Film – Filmtheorie und Praxis in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften. In: Erker, L. et al. (eds.), Update! Perspektiven der Zeitgeschichte. Zeitgeschichtetage 2010, Innsbruck & Wien: Studienverlag, p. 755-762.


Kesting, Marietta (2011): Bilder der Migration – Europa und die Anderen. Strategische visuelle Repräsentationen. In: Müller-Funk, W. et al. (eds.), Kulturanalyse im zentraleuropäischen Kontext. Bd. 14 der Reihe Kultur Herrschaft Differenz, Tübingen: Francke Verlag, p. 45 – 58.



Other texts:


Kesting, Marietta (2015): Visionary Archive Rezension, “It all depends # 3”,

Arsenal Berlin, kuratiert von Marie-Hélène Gutberlet und Tobias Hering,



Kesting, Marietta (2015): “Aliens und Migranten”, in: Ich. Heute. 10 vor 8. FAZ-Blog,

8. Mai 2015.

Kesting, Marietta (2014): “Gabriele Dietze: Weiße Frauen in Bewegung, Genealogien und Konkurrenzen von Race- und Genderpolitiken“, Review in: Gender Studies Newsletter Humboldt‐Universität Berlin.


Kesting, Marietta u.a. (2012): Themendossier zur Didaktik und Mediendidaktik der politischen Bildung. BMUKK, Wien.


Kesting, Marietta (2006): photographic contribution in: Sheik, Simon (ed.) Capital, It Fails Us Now. Critical Readers in Visual Culture. Berlin: b_books.