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Yours, KOW

, Barbara Hammer

Have A Crush

Jan 10 – Feb 14, 2015

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A pioneer of queer experimental and documentary filmmaking, Barbara Hammer has helped write the history of feminist cinema. In more than eighty works, she increased the visibility of lesbian love and sexuality and encouraged lesbian women to choose self-determined lives.

Barbara Hammer ging als eine Pionierin des queeren Experimental- und Dokumentarfilms in die Geschichtsbücher des feministischen Kinos ein. Mit über 80 Werken hat sie an der Emanzipation lesbischer Lebensentwürfe, Liebe und Sexualität mitgewirkt.

Born in Hollywood in 1939, the feminist activist picked up the camera in 1968 to propose alternative visions that sharply contrasted with the prevailing filmic languages, in which a male and heterosexual gaze predominated. She often broke new ground both with her themes and narrative forms and in her aesthetic experiments. Over almost five decades, her art has continually surprised fans and—no doubt deliberately—defied social clichés and conventions.

Hammer’s oeuvre has been the subject of recent retrospective screening programs at the MoMA (2010), Tate Modern (2012), and the Jeu de Paume (2012); KOW presented the first monographic exhibitions of her work in 2011 and 2013. Over the decades, Barbara Hammer’s creativity found outlets beyond the camera and the editing table: the artist, who has lived in New York since 1983, branched out into performance art, sculpture, photography, and installation art. Her works on paper—collages, colored drawings, and photographs she painted over, the majority of which were created in the early to mid-1980s—have never been shown to the public. We now present around fifty of these works in the second chapter of our seven-part exhibition series One Year Of Filmmakers.

Hammer’s experimental films are noted for their physical presence and painterly quality. Her works on paper share this characteristic sensual and sometimes expressive style. Created concurrently with her film projects or—as in the case of Tourist (1984)—as part of an animated film, they reflect Hammer’s yearnings and struggles as a lesbian woman, comment on political events of the Reagan era, and broaden their author’s thematic range and scope of action beyond her filmic practice. They intertwine the intimate and the public, poetry and critique, tenderness and recalcitrance, and illustrate how both social spaces and the body and love are arenas pervaded by anxieties and desires, by constraints as well as utopian aspirations.

Text: Alexander Koch / Translation: Gerrit Jackson / Photos: Ladislav Zajac

1939 in Hollywood geboren, setzte die feministische Aktivistin den vorherrschenden männlich und heterosexuell geprägten Filmsprachen ab 1968 Alternativen entgegen. Oft betrat sie dabei mit ihren Themen und Erzählformen ebenso wie mit ihren ästhetischen Experimenten Neuland. Es ist ein Werk, das fast fünf Dekaden lang immer wieder überraschte und in gesellschaftlichen Klischees und Konventionen kein Zuhause fand, auch nicht finden wollte.

Filmretrospektiven im MoMA (2010), der Tate Modern (2012) und dem Jeu de Paume (2012) würdigten jüngst Hammers Oeuvre, KOW zeigte 2011 und 2013 erstmals monografische Ausstellungen. Über die Jahrzehnte hat Barbara Hammer nicht nur hinter der Kamera und am Schnittplatz gewirkt. Performance, Skulptur, Fotografie und Installation ergänzten die Arbeit der seit 1983 in New York lebenden Künstlerin. Unveröffentlicht blieben bislang Hammers Arbeiten auf Papier: Collagen, farbige Zeichnungen, übermalte Fotos, die mehrheitlich Anfang und Mitte der Achtzigerjahre entstanden. Rund fünfzig von ihnen zeigen wir nun als das zweite von sieben Kapiteln unserer Ausstellungsreihe One Year Of Filmmakers.

Sind Hammers Experimentalfilme bekannt für ihre materielle Präsenz und ihre malerischen Qualitäten, so teilen ihre Arbeiten auf Papier den gleichen sinnlichen und bisweilen expressiven Duktus. Sie entstanden parallel zu ihren filmischen Projekten oder – wie bei Tourist (1984) – als Bestandteil eines Animationsfilms. Sie reflektieren Hammers Sehnsüchte und Kämpfe als lesbische Frau, kommentieren politische Ereignisse der Reagan-Ära, erweitern den Themen- und Aktionsradius ihrer Autorin über die filmische Praxis hinaus. Sie verschränken das Intime und das Öffentliche, Poesie und Kritik, Zartheit und Renitenz. Sie zeigen den sozialen Raum ebenso wie den Körper und die Liebe als Arenen, die durchzogen sind von Ängsten und Wünschen, Restriktionen und Utopien.

Text: Alexander Koch / Fotos: Ladislav Zajac

Barbara Hammer, Have a Crush 1, 1983, Photogram (3 parts), 26,4 x 20,7 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled (Stuttgart Museum Performance), 1971, Gelatin Silver Print, 35.4 x 27.9 cm
Barbara Hammer, I can't live without you, 1983, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.1 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1984
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1984
Barbara Hammer, Have A Crush, 2015, installation view KOW
Barbara Hammer, Have A Crush, 2015, installation view KOW
Barbara Hammer, Have A Crush, 2015, installation view KOW
Barbara Hammer, Have A Crush, 2015, installation view KOW
Barbara Hammer, Have A Crush, 2015, installation view KOW
Barbara Hammer, Have A Crush, 2015, installation view KOW
Barbara Hammer, Have A Crush, 2015, installation view KOW
Barbara Hammer, Have A Crush, 2015, installation view KOW
Barbara Hammer, Raging Hormones, 1979, collage, 20.2 x 27.8 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1982, Hand-painted photograph, 27.9 x 35.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Demies-Soeurs, 1984, collage, 27.8 x 35.5 cm
Barbara Hammer, Escape, 1984, Hand-painted photograph, collage, 27.8 x 35.5 cm
Barbara Hammer, Escape 2, 1984, Hand-painted photograph, collage, 27.8 x 35.5 cm
Barbara Hammer, Je t'embrasse 2, 1984, Hand-painted photograph, 19.3 x 25.3 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, Untitled, 1984, Hand-painted photograph, collage
Barbara Hammer, Untitled, 1984, Hand-painted photograph
Barbara Hammer, Silbury Hill, Avebury, 1983, Hand-painted photograph, 20.2 x 25.5 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled (Stuttgart Museum Performance), 1972, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled (Stuttgart Museum Performance), 1972, Gelatin Silver Print, 20.3 x 25.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled (Stuttgart Museum Performance), 1972, Gelatin Silver Print, 20.3 x 25.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled (Stuttgart Museum Performance), 1972, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled (Stuttgart Museum Performance), 1972, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled (Stuttgart Museum Performance), 1972, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled (Stuttgart Museum Performance), 1972, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.3 cm
Barbara Hammer, Untitled (Stuttgart Museum Performance), 1972, Gelatin Silver Print, 25.3 x 20.3 cm

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Upcoming

2019

Contribution to Light. The Early Works of Barbara Hammer

, Barbara Hammer
Sep 14, 2018 – Jan 31, 2019

2018

Renn lieber, renn

, Marinella Senatore
Sep 8 – Nov 10, 2018

EL OTRO, EL MISMO / THE OTHER, THE SAME

, Los Carpinteros
Apr 28 – Jul 21, 2018

Maskirovka

, Tobias Zielony
Mar 24 – Apr 15, 2018

Double Bodies

, Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger
Feb 10 – Mar 17, 2018

Hotel Résistance

, Ahmet Öğüt
Nov 25, 2017 – Jan 28, 2018

2017

Michael E. Smith

, Michael E. Smith
Sep 16 – Nov 5, 2017

Love Story

, Candice Breitz
Apr 29 – Jul 30, 2017

On the Possibility of Light

, Chto Delat
Feb 18 – Apr 9, 2017

On Fear and Education, Disenchantment and Justice, Protest and Disunion in Saxony / Germany

, Mario Pfeifer
Dec 1, 2016 – Apr 15, 2017

The Cabinet of Ramon Haze

Nov 19, 2016 – Jan 29, 2017

Things, Not Words

, Heinrich Dunst
Nov 19, 2016 – Jan 29, 2017

2016

Barbara Hammer & Oswald Oberhuber

, Barbara Hammer, Oswald Oberhuber
Sep 17 – Nov 6, 2016

Out Of The Dark

, Chto Delat, Alice Creischer, Eugenio Dittborn, Heinrich Dunst, Barbara Hammer, Hiwa K, Renzo Martens, Chris Martin, Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger, Mario Pfeifer, Dierk Schmidt, Tina Schulz, Michael E. Smith, Franz Erhard Walther, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Tobias Zielony
Jun 26 – Jul 31, 2016

The Citizen

, Tobias Zielony
Apr 30 – Jun 12, 2016

This Lemon Tastes of Apple

, Hiwa K
Apr 30 – Jun 12, 2016

Broken Windows 6.3

, Dierk Schmidt
Mar 12 – Apr 16, 2016

Cast Behind You The Bones Of Your Mother

, Clemens von Wedemeyer
Dec 19, 2015 – Feb 27, 2016

2015

Left To Our Own Devices

Sep 17 – Dec 5, 2015

A Summer Of Films

, Chto Delat, Alice Creischer, Eugenio Dittborn, Heinrich Dunst, Barbara Hammer, Renzo Martens, Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger, Mario Pfeifer, Tina Schulz, Michael E. Smith, Franz Erhard Walther, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Tobias Zielony
Jun 28 – Jul 26, 2015

Approximation In The Digital Age To A Humanity Condemned To Disappear

, Mario Pfeifer
May 2 – Jun 25, 2015

A Lucky Day

, Renzo Martens
May 2 – Jul 26, 2015

Time Capsule

, Chto Delat
Feb 28 – Apr 18, 2015

Have A Crush

, Barbara Hammer
Jan 10 – Feb 14, 2015

Dream Lovers

, Tobias Zielony
Dec 6, 2014 – Feb 14, 2015

2014

Dämmstoffe

, Heinrich Dunst
Nov 1 – Dec 18, 2014

Pinturas Aeropostales

, Eugenio Dittborn
Sep 13 – Nov 23, 2014

Cool Drink on a Hot Day

, Chris Martin
May 3 – Jul 27, 2014

In The Stomach Of The Predators

, Alice Creischer
Mar 1 – Apr 19, 2014

2013

Körperformen

, Franz Erhard Walther
Nov 30 – Feb 13, 2013

40 cbm Of Earth From The Iberian Peninsula

Sep 14 – Oct 30, 2013

, Michael E. Smith

Michael E. Smith II
Apr 27 – Jul 13, 2013

Dignity

, Barbara Hammer
Feb 16 – Apr 14, 2013

Believers

, Alice Creischer, Chto Delat, Michael E. Smith, Franz Erhard Walther, Tobias Zielony
Nov 10, 2012 – Feb 3, 2013

2012

Im Archipel

Sep 8 – Oct 21, 2012

Das Etablissement der Tatsachen The Establishment of Matters of Fact

, Alice Creischer
Apr 27 – Jul 22, 2012

Manitoba

, Tobias Zielony
Feb 3 – Apr 15, 2012

Tina Schulz

, Tina Schulz
Nov 5, 2011 – Jan 28, 2012

2011

A Formal Film In Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue

, Mario Pfeifer
Sep 10 – Oct 28, 2011

Social Violence

Apr 30 – Jul 29, 2011

Barbara Hammer

, Barbara Hammer
Feb 12 – Mar 17, 2011

Franz Erhard Walther

, Franz Erhard Walther
Nov 6, 2010 – Feb 11, 2011

2010

Chris Martin

, Chris Martin
Sep 11 – Oct 24, 2010

Michael E. Smith

, Michael E. Smith
Jun 12 – Jul 25, 2010

Vele, Zgora

, Tobias Zielony
May 1 – Jun 5, 2010

The Fourth Wall

, Clemens von Wedemeyer
Jan 23 – Apr 22, 2010

Antirepresentationalism 3: Issues of Empathy Conceptual and Socially oriented Art in Leipzig 1997–2009

, Mario Pfeifer, Tina Schulz, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Tobias Zielony
Nov 28, 2009 – Jan 15, 2010

2009

Antirepresentationalism 2: Trouble with Realism. Conceptual and Socially oriented Art in Leipzig 1997–2009

, Mario Pfeifer, Tina Schulz, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Tobias Zielony
Oct 17 – Nov 21, 2009

Antirepresentationalism 1: Politics of Redescription. Conceptual and Socially oriented Art in Leipzig 1997–2009

, Mario Pfeifer, Tina Schulz, Clemens von Wedemeyer
Sep 4 – Oct 10, 2009

KOW ISSUE 5: Spirituality and Anti-Universalism

, Chris Martin
May 1 – May 30, 2009

KOW ISSUE 4: THE SOCIAL USE OF SIGNS (OBLIGATION TO EXPRESS)

, Tina Schulz
Apr 3 – Apr 27, 2009

KOW ISSUE 3: Detroits' Post-Fordism

, Michael E. Smith
Mar 27 – Mar 29, 2009

KOW ISSUE 1: Participatory Minimalism

, Franz Erhard Walther
Feb 27 – Mar 21, 2009

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