Barbara Ward Will Never Die

1968, 3:21 min, color, silent, Super 8mm film on video

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.

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1968-72, 102 min, color, silent