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PASSAGES Filmmaker Barbara Hammer dies at 79
2019-03-17

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Pioneering experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer—whose works involved a distinctive lesbian perspective—has died of ovarian cancer, ARTNews reported. She was 79.

Hammer's breakthrough film, Dyketactics ( 1974 ), features more than 100 shots in just over four minutes, with images superimposed on top of one another. In an unpublished interview with ARTnews in 2018, Hammer said, "I have never separated my sexuality from my art, even if the film has nothing to do with lesbian representation." Among some of Hammer's other films are Snow Job: The Media Hysteria of AIDS ( 1986 ) and The History of the World According to a Lesbian ( 1988 ).

Windy City Times noted that, in 2001, Hammer's History Lessons was among the queer films screened at Sundance.

In her final years, Hammer was an outspoken advocate for people's right to die; in October 2018, she performed The Art of Dying or ( Palliative Art Making in the Age of Anxiety ) at New York City's Whitney Museum.

Lesbian actress Heather Matarazzo noted Hammer's passing, tweeting, "The film community lost an incredible artist today. The lesbian community lost a vital voice today [March 16]. #BarbaraHammer #dyketactics #Filmmaker"

According to Hammer's Facebook page, she was in a relationship with consultant Florrie Burke.

The full ARTNews article is at www.artnews.com/2019/03/16/barbara-hammer-dead-79/.


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