Barbara Hammer (USA) was a pioneering lesbian filmmaker, artist, producer, writer, and cinematographer with more than 90 moving image works to her credit, as well as numerous performances, installations, photographs, collages, and drawings. Hammer received a BA in Psychology from UCLA, an MA in English Literature and an MA in Film from San Francisco State University, and undertook post-masters studies at the American Film Institute (Los Angeles). Her work has been exhibited at The National Gallery of Art (Washington), Toronto International Film Festival, Jeu de Paume, Tate Modern, MoMI, Centre Georges Pompidou, Media City Film Festival, Austrian Film Museum, and three editions of the Whitney Biennial. Hammer was the recipient of numerous fellowships, residencies, and awards in her lifetime, including Japan, Camargo, and Guggenheim Foundation fellowships; a Stan Brakhage Vision Award; the Shirley Clarke Avant-Garde Film Award; a Peace Prize from the 1st Global Peace Film Festival; two Teddy Awards for Best Short Film at the Berlinale; and a LEO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film from the Flaherty Seminar, among many others. She is the subject of numerous articles, essays, and publications. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Museum of Modern Art, The National Film Archive (Belgium), Yale University, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Hammer revolutionized cinema, opening up new methods for thinking about gender, sexuality, the body, and death. Barbara passed away in 2019 after a battle with ovarian cancer. She is greatly missed.
BARBARA HAMMER'S SANCTUS
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: May 20 – June 10, 2021
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: Sanctus, 20 min, 1990