The BARBARA HAMMER LESBIAN EXPERIMENTAL FILMMAKING GRANT is an annual grant that will be awarded to self-identified lesbians for making visionary moving-image art. 

Image by Eric McNatt for the 2017 Queer|Art Community Portrait Project

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, which she approached with the same experimental and fearless spirit that she did everything in her life, and through which she ultimately found peace, acceptance, and new purpose. In her final years, she worked hard to make sure we—as a community of friends, colleagues, and fellow artists—were prepared for this moment: speaking out through lectures, performances, and interviews about one’s right to die when living with terminal illness; arranging for her archive of personal papers, research, and films to be safeguarded by the Beinecke Library at Yale; and establishing with Queer|Art, in her name, this grant for lesbian experimental filmmakers. 

The Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant is an annual grant awarded to self-identified lesbians for making visionary moving-image art. The grant is supported directly by funds provided by her estate and administered through Queer|Art by lesbians for lesbians, with a rotating panel of judges. In her last few months with us, Barbara decided to increase the grant amount, as she understood so well that a bit of financial help could make a big difference in a project. This year Queer|Art is pleased to announce that the grant has increased to $6,000.


ABOUT

The Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant is an annual grant that will be awarded to self-identified lesbians for making visionary moving-image art. Work can be experimental animation, experimental documentary, experimental narrative, cross-genre, or solely experimental. Applicants must be based in the U.S. This grant was established by Hammer in 2017 to give needed support to moving-image art made by lesbians. The grant is supported directly by funds provided by Hammer and administered through Queer|Art by lesbians for lesbians, with a rotating panel of judges. As of 2019, the grant is $6000.

Photo by Susan Wides

Photo by Susan Wides

It has been the goal of my life to put a lesbian lifestyle on the screen. Why? Because when I started I couldn’t find any! ...I picked up a camera in the 60s, late 60s, made Super 8, 8mm, finally went to school and got a 16mm camera.  Made 13 films in two and a half years. All experimental. Because I think that as a lesbian at that time I was living an experimental lifestyle. Well let’s just say, I was experimenting.  And I still am.  And I think that lesbian film really calls out for experimental work. ...Working as a lesbian filmmaker in the 70s wasn’t easy in the social structure — the educational institution that I was in. It was difficult. And I want this grant to make it easier for lesbians of today.  So you can make work that you want to make.”

Barbara Hammer


APPLY

2019 APPLICATIONS Now OPEn

Applications Open May 15, 2019
Complete Application July 17, 2019

What information does the application require?

  • Contact info, narrative bio, and headshot

  • Synopsis of project and strategy for exhibition

  • Budget

  • Work samples (2 samples, no more than 7-10 minutes total)

  • 2 professional references

  • CV 

What is required in the synopsis and budget?

Synopsis:

  • Description of the project and the process by which it will be made. (Up to 300 words) *Required

  • What is your timeline for completing the work and strategy for its exhibition? (Up to 125 words) * Required

  • Are there any additional aspects of this work you would like the panel to be aware of? (Up to 125 words) *Not required

Budget (one page, uploaded as PDF):

Your budget should account for how the work will be made (you do not need to include presentation costs). If the cost of production exceeds the grant amount, please indicate within the budget any confirmed funding you have received or additional funding you anticipate that will enable you to complete this project.

There is a $6 application fee*

Queer|Art uses the online application software SlideRoom to organize applications. SlideRoom charges applicants for the Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant a fee of $6 for each individual application. The fee does not profit Queer|Art. 


2019 HAMMER GRANT JUDGES

Photo of Fair Brane by Christina Johnson

Tirtza Even is a documentary-maker and video artist. Her linear and interactive video work has been shown in the Whitney Biennial, Johannesburg Biennial, and at the Museum of Modern Art, ,as well as in many galleries, museums and festivals in the U.S., Israel, and Europe, including the Museum of Modern Art’s Doc Fortnight, Rotterdam Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, New York Video Festival, and Lincoln Center. Her work has won numerous grants and awards, including 3ARTs Visual Arts Award, Fledgling Distribution Fund, Artadia Awards, Chicago (winner of top award), Golden Gate Awards Certificate-of-Merit, San Francisco International Film Festival, Media Arts Award, The Jerome Foundation, Individual Artists Program Awards, NYSCA, and many others; and has been purchased for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum (New York); the Israel Museum (Jerusalem); among others. Her work is distributed by Heure Exquise, France; Video Data Bank; and Groupe Intervention Video, Canada. Even is currently an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department.

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kara lynch is a time-based artist living in the Bronx, NY. Ambivalent towards hyper-visual culture, she is curious about duration, being in the body, and sonic experience; and through low-fi, collective practice, and social intervention lynch explores aesthetic/political relationships between time and space. Her work is vigilantly raced, classed, and gendered—Black, queer and feminist. Major projects include: ‘Black Russians’, a feature documentary video (2001); ‘The Outing’, a video travelogue (1999-2004); and ‘Mouhawala Oula’, a gender-bending trio performance for baladi dance, live video, and saxophone (2009). Her current project ‘INVISIBLE’ (2004-present) is an episodic, speculative, multi-site video/audio installation that excavates the terror and resilient beauty of Black-indigenous experience. lynch is currently an Associate Professor of Video and Critical Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. 

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Clara López Menéndez is an art worker practicing in the fields of curating, pedagogy, art criticism, and performance. Among her recent projects are AK Burns' solo exhibition A Smeary Spot at Human Resources, LA and the critical evening series It was quite a fiction, organized with Suzy Halajian. She is the co-curator with Andrew Kachel of the ongoing project A New Job to Unwork At, presented at Participant Inc. in NYC in August-October 2018. Her writing has appeared in Mousse, Art News, BOMB, Little Joe, and she has worked with Redcat, Participant Inc., Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and die neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, among others.



ABOUT BARBARA HAMMER

Barbara Hammer sorting through her archive by Vanessa Haroutunian

Barbara Hammer sorting through her archive by Vanessa Haroutunian

Barbara Hammer (1939-2019) began making films in the 1970s. She is most well-known for making the first explicit lesbian film in 1974, Dyketactics, and for her trilogy of documentary film essays on queer history: Nitrate Kisses (1992), Tender Fictions (1995), and History Lessons (2000). Her cinema is multi-leveled and engages audiences viscerally and intellectually with the goal of activating them to make social change, often through an exploration of the materiality of the filmmaking process and its relationship to the body’s potential as subject, form, author, and screen. She has been honored with seven retrospectives, including a forthcoming exhibition later this year at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Previous retrospectives took place at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Tate Modern in London, Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Toronto International Film Festival, Kunsthalle Oslo in Norway, and The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City. Her book Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life was published in 2010 by The Feminist Press at The City University of New York.


HAMMER GRANT ARCHIVE

2018

2017