Barbara Hammer is recognized as a pioneer of queer cinema. A visual artist working primarily in film and video, Hammer has created a groundbreaking body of experimental work that illuminates lesbian histories, lives and representations. States Hammer, "My work makes these invisible bodies and histories visible. As a lesbian artist, I found little existing representation, so I put lesbian life on this blank screen, leaving a cultural record for future generations."
Barbara Hammer was born in 1939 in Hollywood, California. She lives and works in New York.