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Über Alles / Protégée, 1971/1972

Series of photographs

Since the late 1960s, the feminist activist Barbara Hammer has replaced symbols of male power and libido with representations of lesbian love and sexuality, usually employing the means of film. Five photographs created in 1971/1972 occupy a special position in her oeuvre. Hammer documented spontaneous and unauthorized actions in the palatial interiors at the Neues Schloss, Stuttgart, and at the Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart where she posed next to lascivious sculptures by Auguste Rodin.

Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1971, Stuttgart Museum Performance, Gelatin Silver Print, 35.4 x 27.9 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1972, Stuttgart Museum Performance, Gelatin Silver Print, 20.3 x 25.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1972, Stuttgart Museum Performance, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1972, Neues Schloss Stuttgart Performance, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1972, Stuttgart Museum Performance, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1972, Stuttgart Museum Performance, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1972, Stuttgart Museum Performance, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1972, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1972, Stuttgart Museum Performance, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1972, Gelatin Silver Print, 20.3 x 25.3 cm

Estate of Barbara Hammer

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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