Barbara Hammer

New York, NY

Barbara Hammer is an internationally recognized film artist who has made 80 films/videos for which she received the prestigious Frameline Award for making a significant contribution to lesbian and gay cinema. Hammer has completed seven features in seven years. Her trilogy of experimental documentaries on lesbian and gay histories is already considered classic cinema: Nitrate Kisses, Tender Fictions and History Lessons.


Resisting Paradise


Barbara Hammer is an internationally recognized film artist who has made 80 films and videos making a significant contribution to lesbian and gay cinema.

Artist Bio

Resisting Paradise examines the individual’s role in times of conflict, focusing on the friendship and creative artistic output of Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, who lived a sequestered existence in the south of France during WWII amid an active French resistance. This 16mm experimental documentary juxtaposes a reinterpretation of French painting with a soundtrack made up of interviews with three surviving French resistance fighters. Barbara Hammer raises issues of artistic identity, the pleasure of looking and political responsibility through an exploration of disjunctive image and sound, viewing French painting through a gendered eye. Resisting Paradise continues Hammer’s use of film emulsion, her creative use of picture and sound, and her longtime commitment to making visible neglected aspects of history.


Award Year
2000
Status

Completed