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Hot flesh, 1985

SD video

No No Nooky T.V. (1987, 10:45 minutes) confronts the feminist controversy around sexual images with electronic imagery; Two Bad Daughters (made with Paula Levine, 1988, 12 min.) posits play as a subversive activity in a patriarchal culture; The History of the World According to a Lesbian (1988, 10 min.) traces the invisible comedic histories of women who love women from prehistory to today; and Hot Flash (1985, 10 min.) a dramatic romantic comedy narrative featuring a pre-menopausal woman who tires to join the Hot Flashes.

Barbara Hammer, Hot flesh, 1985, SD video, color, sound, 17:00 min, filmstill
Barbara Hammer, Hot flesh, 1985, SD video, color, sound, 17:00 min, filmstill
Barbara Hammer, Hot flesh, 1985, SD video, color, sound, 17:00 min, filmstill
Barbara Hammer, Hot flesh, 1985, SD video, color, sound, 17:00 min, filmstill
Barbara Hammer, Hot flesh, 1985, SD video, color, sound, 17:00 min, filmstill
Barbara Hammer, Hot flesh, 1985, SD video, color, sound, 17:00 min, filmstill
Barbara Hammer, Hot flesh, 1985, SD video, color, sound, 17:00 min, filmstill
Barbara Hammer, Hot flesh, 1985, SD video, color, sound, 17:00 min, filmstill
Barbara Hammer, Hot flesh, 1985, SD video, color, sound, 17:00 min, filmstill
Barbara Hammer, Hot flesh, 1985, SD video, color, sound, 17:00 min, filmstill

SD video, color, sound
17:00 min

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Estate of Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer was born in Hollywood in 1939. Her documentaries and experimental films are among the earliest and most comprehensive depictions of lesbian identity, love, and sexuality. For more than five decades, Hammer was an increasingly influential voice of queer feminism, and a chronicler of women's self-empowerment in the U.S. and many other places around the world. Following film retrospectives at New York's MoMA in 2010, Tate Modern, London in 2012, and her first solo exhibitions at KOW beginning in 2011, the art world began to take an interest in Hammer's now historic body of work, which includes performances, installations, and works on paper. Numerous institutional exhibitions and successes followed, and today Hammer is considered one of the greatest examples of politically engaged feminist art. Hammer was a teacher for many years and held a professorship at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee (CH). She passed away in 2019. Since, her work is still ongoingly displayed in major solo exhibitions such as Would You Like To Meet Your Neighbor? (Skulpturenmuseum Marl 2023), Women I Love (Ratio 3, San Francisco 2022 and Frans Josefs Kai 3, Vienna 2021), tell me there is a lesbian forever (Company Gallery, New York 2021), Sisters! (La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barceola 2020).



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