For Barbara Hammer, her work as a visual artist has always served a clear purpose: to deconstruct a cinema that objectifies or limits women and to make these invisible bodies and histories visible.
Born in 1939 in Hollywood, Barbara Hammer started making experimental films at a turning point in her life, coming out as a lesbian in the 1970s. In her first decade as a filmmaker, her work centered on women's issues, sexuality and gender roles. Quickly she was proclaimed the Mother of Feminist and Queer Cinema. But her recognition as an artist grew quickly beyond these themes and content, as she started to combine classical documentary techniques with reenactment, animation and experimental montage, creating an innovative style of “sight and touch” cinema.
With her work spanning from “Dyketactics”(1974) to her highly praised documentary “Resisting Paradise” (2003) and the award winning “A Horse is not a metaphor” (2008), DOK Leipzig pays homage to Barbara Hammers life achievement in forty years of film making.