Artist Projects

Resisting Paradise

Barbara Hammer

Resisting Paradise examines the individual’s role in times of conflict, focusing on the friendship and creative artistic output of Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, who lived a sequestered existence in the south of France during WWII amid an active French resistance. This 16mm experimental documentary juxtaposes a reinterpretation of French painting with a soundtrack made up of interviews with three surviving French resistance fighters. Hammer raises issues of artistic identity, the pleasure of looking and political responsibility through an exploration of disjunctive image and sound, viewing French painting through a gendered eye. Resisting Paradise continues Hammer’s use of film emulsion, her creative use of picture and sound, and her longtime commitment to making visible neglected aspects of history.

Project Updates

  • 2010: Resisting Paradise screens at MoMA in Barbara Hammer retrospective film exhibition

  • 2003: Resisting Paradise is screened at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts in Paris

  • 2003: Resisting Paradise premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival

  • 2003: Resisting Paradise is screened at the Guggenheim Museum in New York

  • 2003: Resisting Paradise is screened at the Woodstock International Film Festival

  • 2003: Resisting Paradise is screened at the Center for Media/History/Culture at New York University

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    Barbara Hammer

    Barbara Hammer is an internationally recognized film artist who has made 80 films/videos for which she received the prestigious Frameline Award for m…


  • Events

    Feb 12 – Mar 12, 2011
    Barbara Hammer has one-woman show at Koch Oberhuber Wolff in Berlin

    Sep 15 – Oct 13, 2010
    Barbara Hammer honored with film retrospective at MOMA, New York

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  • Project News

    September 7, 2010
    Barbara Hammer's Resisting Paradise Screens at MoMA

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