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Yours, KOW

Sync Touch, 1981

16 mm film on video

"A lesbian/feminist aesthetic proposing the connection between touch and sight to be the basis for a 'new cinema.' The film explores the tactile child nature within the adult woman filmmaker, the connection between sexuality and filmmaking, and the scientific analysis of the sense of touch." — Barbara Hammer

"At the opening we are listening to an 'expert' speaking – someone who knows about touch and erogenous zones, about the erotic – yet the emphasis is on her 'knowing' and what she knows 'about' rather than on her 'experiencing.' Hammer undercuts the monologue with intense and extraordinary close-ups of areas of the woman's face and neck, her teeth and lips, her ears. The viewer becomes so absorbed in the details of this closeness, the closeness of a lover seeing the face of her friend, that the words become lost in feeling and experiencing the closeness itself. The other way this works is to make the viewer want to touch, to become involved for, as the speaker says, touch precedes sight in the new-born child, and sight becomes a connection between the actual touch and understanding what it means." — Cath Dunsford, Alternative Cinema

16 mm film on video, color, sound, 10 min, 7 + 2 AP

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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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