Barbara Ward Will Never Die

1968 / US / experimental

Director: Barbara Hammer
3 min

Using a hand-held camera, Hammer initially shot on 8 mm stock. Her second film – created in 1968 while the artist was still married (her married name was Barbara Ward) – programmatically shows the desecration of a graveyard. Though only at the beginning of her development as an artist, she already disturbs the peace of the dead, confidently erecting a monument to herself amid them: “Barbara Ward Will Never Die”. The young filmmaker stakes her claim to a place in history.