Image by Eric McNatt for the 2017 Queer|Art Community Portrait Project
Legendary lesbian experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer (1939-2019) died this March from endometrioid ovarian cancer tumors, which she approached with similar experimental and fearless character that she did everything inside her life, and by which she finally found comfort, acceptance, and brand new function. Inside her last years, she worked difficult to be sure we—as a residential district of buddies, peers, and fellow artists—were prepared with this minute: talking out through lectures, shows, and interviews about one’s directly to perish whenever managing terminal infection; organizing on her archive of individual papers, research, and movies to be safeguarded by the Beinecke Library at Yale; and developing with Queer|Art, in her own title, this grant for lesbian experimental filmmakers.
The Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking give can be an annual grant awarded to self-identified lesbians to make visionary moving-image art. The grant is supported straight by funds supplied by her estate and administered through Queer|Art by lesbians for lesbians, with a rotating panel of judges. Inside her final month or two with us, Barbara chose to boost the grant amount, as she comprehended very well that a little bit of monetary assistance might make a big difference in a task. This present year Queer|Art is pleased to announce that the grant has grown to $6,000.
The Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking give is a yearly grant which will be granted to self-identified lesbians to make visionary moving-image art. Work could be experimental animation, experimental documentary, experimental narrative, cross-genre, or entirely experimental.