This year’s program of MIEFF’s annual Close-up section presents the first Russian retrospective of the avant-garde female director and artist Barbara Hammer.
Over the fifty years of her practice, Hammer created over 80 films and is recognized as a pioneer of queer cinema. Working primarily with video, she has devoted her artistic practice to the exploration of female homosexuality, the issues of body, and the problem of making marginalized queer culture more visible. During her lifetime, Hammer received a number of major awards and exhibited extensively across the globe.
The Barbara Hammer retrospective is in two parts. It includes her early experimental films alongside the radical works of the 1970s–1990s that brought her recognition, including the iconic Dyketactics and Menses, as well as her first feature-length picture Nitrate Kisses, which won her the Polar Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival.
Curator of the program: Rita Sokolovskaya.