Pera Film’s Barbara Hammer: Body Politics program presents the films and videos of the artist – Barbara Hammer, a pioneer in avant-garde filmmaking. Hammer has been a solid voice in bringing topics and issues relating to gender and identity on to the moving image. Currently, Hammer lectures at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, and several of her retrospectives were showcased in prominent institutions including MoMA, New York; Tate Modern, London; Jeu de Paume, Paris in the last decade.
This program includes 10 illustrious works of Barbara Hammer’s oeuvre, including her first film tackling gender and identity, the acclaimed Dyketactics (1974); her documentary trilogy on queer history Nitrate Kisses (1992), Tender Fictions (1995) and History Lessons (2000); a video work on the painters Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard’s artistic work in the south of France during World War II examining the world of Matisse’s family and other civilians from the French Resistance called Resisting Paradise (2003); a hybrid documentary Lover/Other (2006) is about 1920’s Surrealist artists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore; Generations explores mentoring and passing on the tradition of personal experimental filmmaking; Maya Deren's Sink (2011) re-imagines and reclaims Maya Deren’s work from the 1940s through the frame of time and space; Welcome to This House (2015) tells the story of Pulitzer prize winner American poet Elizabeth Bishop’s world. Last but not least, her most recent work Evidentiary Bodies had its world premiere in Berlin Film Festival this year. Presented as an installation at the festival, this work is single-channel as part of Pera Film’s program. This selection presents unique stories of subjective experiences about gender, body politics and identity.
Barbara Hammer (born 1939 Hollywood, CA) is a visual artist working primarily in film and video, having made over 80 moving image works in a career that spans 40 years. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema. Her practice also includes performance, installation, photography, collage and writing. In 2013 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for the film Welcome to This House on the poet Elizabeth Bishop. Her works Optic Nerve (1985), Endangered (1988), and Nitrate Kisses (1993) were selected for the Whitney Biennial (’85,’89,’93). She lives and works in New York.