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Barbara Hammer ponders the relationship between art and political resistance in this essay film made at the time of the war in Kosovo.
Barbara Hammer in person!
In Resisting Paradise, a painting residency in Cassis, the land of Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, becomes an occasion for Barbara Hammer to confront a question that is inherent to much of her work — the relationship between art and political resistance — when the war in Kosovo breaks out. While exploring the history of the French Resistance in Cassis during World War II, Hammer reflects on Matisse's apparent neutrality during the war — especially in light of Walter Benjamin's failed attempt to escape to Spain through the region as he fled from the Nazis — and uses this history to raise questions about the validity of art in the face of political turmoil.
The short film Pools, which Hammer made with Barbara Klutinis, takes a luscious swim through the pools of William Randolph Hearst's famed San Simeon castle, which were designed by Julia Morgan, the first woman architect licensed in California.
The screening will be followed by a conversation between Barbara Hammer and Toronto artist and filmmaker Elle Flanders.
Pools (dir. Barbara Hammer \ USA 1988 \ 8 min. \ 16mm)
Resisting Paradise (dir. Barbara Hammer \ USA 2003 \ 80 min. \ 16mm)
This programme is rated 14A.
- Elle Flanders is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. She was the Executive Director of Inside Out from 1996-1999. Her most recent film installation, Road Movie, made with Tamira Sawatzky, showed in the Toronto International Film Festival's programme Future Projections in 2011.