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Barbara Hammer: Marie & Me

From Imaging Dissent: Towards Becoming a Common Subject

Influenced by Maya Deren’s avant-garde filmmaking, Barbara Hammer’s queer cinema addresses the historical invisibility of films made by women and the marginalization of lesbian filmmaking. Hammer started self-producing experiments with moving image in the 1970s, exploring a variety of subjects such as amateurism, the female body, hidden lesbian history, and the experience of queer time, sex, and sensuality.

Marie & Me is an early Barbara Hammer film that captures lesbian life and sex in the California hippie movement of the 1970s. The female body in this short film is playful, in balance with its desires and sexuality and in contact with nature. Notions of ecology and sexual liberation are brought together through an entanglement of bodies and nature.

In her 2000 documentary Devotion: A Film About Ogawa Productions, Hammer researched the thirty-year-long history of the Japanese film collective Ogawa Pro, part of the student movement and ecological protests that took place in Japan in the 1970s. For sixteen years, members of Ogawa Pro lived communally as farmers while cataloguing in meticulous detail the history, folklore, and daily practices of local rural communities.

January 7, 2020

Curated by

Werker Collective