Los Angeles, USA, 1939 – New York, USA, 2019
Barbara Hammer was born in Hollywood in 1939. Her documentary and experimental lms are considered among the earliest and most extensive representations of lesbian identity, love, and sexuality. Accompanying her career as a lmmaker, Hammer has time and again worked with performance and installation. She has participated in group exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial in 1993, the WACK! show at MOCA L.A. and MoMA PS1 in 2007/2008. With lm retrospectives at New York’s MoMA in 2010 and the Tate Modern, London, in 2012, the artworld’s interest in Hammer’s work has recently increased. Hammer has been a teacher for many years and held a professorship at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee (CH). She died in 2019.