Barbara Hammer
Body Politics

April 19 - May 25, 2018

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.

Pera Museum would like to thank Karl McCool and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York for their generous collaboration.
This program is free admissions, no reservations.

April 19

19:00 Welcome To This House

April 21

18:00 Evidentiary Bodies

Lover/Other

April 22

18:00 Nitrate Kisses

April 25

19:00 Tender Fictions

Dyketactics

April 26

19:00 History Lessons

April 27

21:00 Welcome To This House

May 2

19:00 Maya Deren’s Sink

Generations

May 4

21:00 Evidentiary Bodies

Lover/Other

May 11

19:00 Resisting Paradise

Dyketactics

May 23

19:00 Resisting Paradise

May 24

19:00 Maya Deren’s Sink

Generations

May 25

19:00 Nitrate Kisses

20:30 Tender Fictions

21:30 History Lessons

Evidentiary Bodies

Evidentiary Bodies

Welcome To This House

Welcome To This House

Maya Deren’s Sink

Maya Deren’s Sink

Generations

Generations

Lover/Other

Lover/Other

Resisting Paradise

Resisting Paradise

History Lessons

History Lessons

Tender Fictions

Tender Fictions

Nitrate Kisses

Nitrate Kisses

Dyketactics

Dyketactics

Program Trailer

Barbara Hammer
Body Politics

Pera Film’s Barbara Hammer: Body Politics program presents the films and videos of the artist – Barbara Hammer, a pioneer in avant-garde filmmaking.

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