b. 1939 CA, USA. Lives and works NY, USA.
American artist Barbara Hammer is a filmmaker who has become a pioneer of queer cinema during a career spanning over forty years whilst also navigating disciplines such as photography, illustration and installation. Hammer broke the mould for what it meant to be an LGBTQ+ artist, a vital example of this being her short film Snow Job: The Media Hysteria of AIDS (1986) which illuminated the troubling response to the communities most vulnerable to the crisis instigated by the media. Since moving from a broader focus on LGBTQ+ rights and the female experience to an exploration of being diagnosed with cancer in 2006, Hammer’s work has remained steeped in vulnerability whilst palliative care and death.
Hammer’s work is widely revered with some of her solo exhibitions including: Barbara Hammer: Retrospective, MoMA, New York, USA, 2010; Retrospective: Tate Modern, London, UK, 2012 and Jeu de paume, Paris, France, 2012.