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Snow Job: The Media Hysteria of Aids, 1986

16 mm film on video

"I first heard of AIDS in 1985 when I was teaching at Columbia College in Chicago. I noticed the strange and inflammatory articles in the newspapers and I asked my students to collect hysteric headlines for me. And so I began my work on Snow Job: The Media Hysteria of AIDS. I examined the public ignorance, stigmatization, and just plain wrong attitudes towards this new illness. By making a snow storm of newspaper clippings I could show what a 'snow job' the media was making." — Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer, Snow Job: The Media Hysteria of Aids, 1986, SD video, 4:3, color, sound, 7:44 min, 7 + 2AP
Barbara Hammer, Snow Job: The Media Hysteria of Aids, 1986, SD video, 4:3, color, sound, 7:44 min, 7 + 2AP
Barbara Hammer, Snow Job: The Media Hysteria of Aids, 1986, SD video, 4:3, color, sound, 7:44 min, 7 + 2AP
Barbara Hammer, Snow Job: The Media Hysteria of Aids, 1986, SD video, 4:3, color, sound, 7:44 min, 7 + 2AP

16 mm film on video, 4:3, color, sound, 7:44 min, 7 + 2AP

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Barbara Hammer was born in Hollywood in 1939. Her documentary and experimental films are considered among the earliest and most extensive representations of lesbian identity, love, and sexuality. Accompanying her career as a filmmaker, Hammer has time and again worked with performance and installation. She has participated in group exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial in 1993, the WACK! show at MOCA L.A. and MoMA PS1 in 2007/2008. With film retrospectives at New York’s MoMA in 2010 and the Tate Modern, London, in 2012, the artworld's interest in Hammer's work has recently increased. Hammer has been a teacher for many years and held a professorship at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee (CH). She died in 2019.



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