A Horse Is Not A Metaphor

USA, 2008
30 minutes
Barbara Hammer


    Filmmaker Barbara Hammer fights ovarian cancer with visions of horseback riding and river swimming in her new experimental film, A Horse Is Not A Metaphor.
    As a “cancer thriver” rather than “survivor,” Barbara Hammer rides the red hills of Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, the grassy foothills of the Big Horn in Wyoming, and leafy paths in Woodstock, New York, changing illness into recovery.
    The haunting and wondrous music of Meredith Monk underscores and celebrates in this experiential/experimental film that lifts us up when we might be most discouraged.

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    BIOGRAPHY Barbara Hammer

    Barbara Hammer was born on May 15, 1939 in Hollywood, Cali- fornia. She is a visual artist working primarily in lm and video and has made over 80 works in a career that spans 30 years. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema. Her experimental lms of the 1970s often dealt with taboo subjects such as menstruation, female orgasm and lesbian sexuality. In the ’80s she used optical printing to explore perception and the fragility of 16mm lm life itself. Optic Nerve (1985) and Endangered (1988) were selected for the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennials (’85, ’89), Nitrate Kisses (1992) for the 1993 Whitney Biennial. Her documentaries tell the stories of marginalized peoples who have been hidden from history and are often essay lms that are multi-leveled and engage audiences viscerally and intellectually with the goal of activating them to make social change. She lives and works in New York City. Contact: barbarahammer@gmail.com

    FILMOGRAPHY Barbara Hammer (selection)

    2018 Evidentiary Bodies 2010 Generations 2010 Maya Deren's Sink 2008 A Horse Is Not A Metaphor 2006 Fucking Different New York 2006 Lover Other: The Story Of Claude Cahun And Marcel Moore 1993 Sanctus 1992 Nitrate Kisses 1991 Vital Signs 1989 Sill Point 1979 Bent Time 1979 Available Space 



    Production company
    Barbara Hammer
    Original title
    A Horse Is Not A Metaphor