http://www.egs.edu Barbara Hammer lesbian artist, experimental filmmaker, director and feminist talking about Resisting Paradise, French resistance,Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, Creating and directing the movie, asking Can art exist during a time of political crisis and war, experimental documentary, sponsored by harvard University, painters and resisters, the role of males and females, love, hate and war, nazis, fascism, death, World War II, artistic identity, the pleasure of looking, and political responsibility, history as an endless process of discovery and revision, identifying and creating meaning. Free public open video lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2005. Barbara Hammer.
Barbara Hammer was born in Hollywood, California. She graduated from University of California at Los Angeles with a Bachelor's degree in psychology, holds two Master's degrees from San Francisco State University, one in English literature and one in film, and took postgraduate classes in the field of digital media.
In her early thirties, Hammer was married and teaching at a community college in Santa Rosa, California. Around this time she came out as a lesbian, after talking with another student in a Feminist group. Hammer is known for creating groundbreaking experimental films dealing with women's issues such as gender roles, lesbian relationships and coping with aging and family. Hammer is responsible for some of the first lesbian-made films in history, including Dyketactics 1974, in her own words a lesbian commercial focusing on lesbian lovemaking and the representation of touching.
The filmography of Barbara Hammer includes several feature documentary films and videos: Fucking Different New York (2007) (segment "Villa Serbolloni"); Lover Other; My Babushka : Searching Ukrainian Identities; Devotion, A Film About Ogawa Productions; The Female Closet (1998); Tender Fictions (1996); Nitrate Kisses (1992); The Female Closet; Out in South Africa; Resisting Paradise; Double Strength (16mm, color, sound, 16 min., 1978); Multiple Orgasm (16mm, color, sound., 10 min, 1976); Women I Love (16mm, color, sound, 27 min., 1976); Dyketactics (16mm, color, sound, 4 min., 1974); A Gay Day (1973)