"I choose film and video as a medium to make the invisible, visible. Anyone can be left out of history. I am compelled to reveal and celebrate marginalized peoples whose stories have not been told...I want people to leave the theater with fresh perceptions and emboldened to take active and political stances for social change."
Born in 1939, Barbara Hammer was a prolific visual artist and filmmaker, widely celebrated for her experimental, politically challenging and highly personal output. Her films have particularly explored feminist theory, race and queer politics. Often referencing the female body, either explicitly or symbolically, her work frequently acts as a counterpoint to heterosexual, male-envisioned ideas of eroticism more prevalent in mainstream culture.