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Collages 1979–2003

Barbara Hammer, Raging Hormones, 1979, Collage, 20.2 x 27.8 cm
Barbara Hammer, I Can't Live Without You, 1983, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.1 cm
Barbara Hammer, Silbury Hill, Avebury, 1983, Hand-painted photograph, 20.2 x 25.5 cm
Barbara Hammer, Je T'embrasse 2, 1984, Hand-painted photograph, 19.3 x 25.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1985, Gelatin Silver Print, 27.7 x 35.4 cm
Barbara Hammer, Je T'embrasse, 1994, Hand-painted photograph, 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 2003, Hand-painted photograph, 22.7 x 21.5 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 2003, Hand-painted photograph, 27.9 x 21.55 cm
Barbara Hammer, Don't Prickle Me Baby, 1983, Gelatin Silver Print, 20.1 x 25.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Sync Touch, 1980-1981, Collage, 10.5 x 21.6 cm
Barbara Hammer, Pink Pickup, 1983, Hand-painted photograph, Collage, 25.5 x 20.2 cm
Barbara Hammer, The Male Gaze, 1983, Hand-painted photograph, collage, 25.2 x 20.2 cm
Barbara Hammer, Yes, 1983, Hand-painted photograph, collage, 26.1 x 17.5 cm
Barbara Hammer, I Wanted To Die, 1983, Hand-painted photograph, collage, 21.6 x 29.4 cm
Barbara Hammer, Silbury Hill, 1983, Collage, 22 x 29.4 cm
Barbara Hammer, Red Cross, 1985, Hand-painted photograph, collage, 20.6 x 25.7 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 2003, Hand-painted photograph, 21.6 x 28 cm

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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