Studied art history, German literature and cultural studies in Freiburg and Hamburg. In 1997 she did her Ph.D. on body art and video art. 1997–1999 she worked at the Westfälische Landesmuseum, Münster and in 1998 co-curated the Sculpture Biennial in Münsterland. 1999–2004 she was the artistic director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Siegen. Since 2004 she is curator at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne and responsible for the collection of contemporary photography, film, video and media art. Engelbach has curated numerous exhibitions and has written on performance art, video art, contemporary photography, intermedia, and art in public spaces. Lives in Cologne.