Lover Other. The Story of Claude Cahun and Marcel More

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1920′s Surrealist artists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore come to life in this hybrid documentary. Lesbians and step-sisters, the gender-bending artists lived and worked together all their lives. Heroic resisters to the Nazis occupying Jersey Isle during WWII, they were captured and sentenced to death.

Award-winning queer filmmaker Barbara Hammer (USA) infuses her film with vigor using photographs, archival footage, dramatic interludes of a “found Cahun script”, and unique interviews of Jersey Isle residents who knew the “sisters”.

Related Links
Barbara Hammer’s video stream at Vimeo
Barbara Hammer’s website

Claude Cahun Retrospective in Barcelona

Lover Other by Barbara Hammer

Still from the short film Lover Other by Barbara Hammer

Still from the short film Lover Other by Barbara Hammer

In September 2011 Barbara Hammer’s new film Lover Other will be screened at the 11th International Eressos Women’s Festival, Skala Eressos Lesvos Island, Greece.

Lover Other
Barbara Hammer’s collage of photographs, documents, interviews, lyrical passages and dramatised scenes recalls the lives of two surrealist artists and lesbian Resistance fighters whose work and whose fate has largely been forgotten: Claude Cahun (whose real name was Lucie Schwob, 1894–1954) and her girlfriend and lover Marcel Moore (Suzanne Malherbe, 1892–1972).
Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore were step-sisters. They fell in love around 1910 and were to spend their whole lives together; they are regarded as the first lesbian couple to live and work together as artists. Cahun’s self-portraits wearing an array of different masks and costumes were to make her famous, while Marcel Moore began to gain a reputation as an illustrator. In 1937 they moved to Jersey.
When the Germans occupied Jersey in 1940, the two girlfriends embarked upon a campaign of artistic resistance, putting up posters, writing manifestos and pamphlets with which they hoped to incite the occupying forces to mutiny. In 1944, both women were arrested by the Gestapo and sentenced to death; the majority of their artistic output was destroyed. They were released from imprisonment after the island was liberated in May, 1945. Claude Cahun was never to recover from the experience.

About Barbara Hammer
Barbara Hammer (American, b. 1939) is renowned for creating the earliest and most extensive body of avant-garde films on lesbian life and sexuality. She has made over eighty films and video works over the past forty years. Barbara Hammer won two Teddy Award in February 2011, the prizes in the category for best short film, one for her own Maya Deren’s Sink, which “explores Deren’s concepts of space, time and form through visits and projections filmed in her LA and NY homes” and the other for Generations, which Hammer shares with co-director Gina Carducci. Barbara Hammer’s films has been screened by a number of big international art museums and she is presented in MoMA’s book ‘Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art’.  Barbara published her first book titled HAMMER!: Making Movies Out of Sex and Life in 2010.

Related Link
Barbara Hammer’s website
Barbara Hammer’s video stream

Brighton: 18th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference

18th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference on 11-12 February 2011 in Brighton, UK. Hosted by University of Brighton LGBT and Queer Life Research Hub in conjunction with Women’s Studies Centre, University College Dublin. The theme of the conference is ‘Revolting: Bodies, Politics & Genders’. The conference will present papers and works by academics, scholars, students, activists, documentary and film-makers, writers and artists.

About Lesbian Lives XVIII
The Lesbian Lives Conference has been organised by the Women’s Studies Centre at University College Dublin for the past seventeen years and in 2011 it celebrates its 18th birthday in Brighton. The conference is a mix of academics, activists, performers, artists and writers and is open to all genders and any political and sexual orientations. There is an ethos of welcome and accessibilty.

Confirmed Speakers include:  Ali Smith, Emma Donoghue, Joan Nestle, Davina Cooper, Sarah Franklin, Reina Lewis, Caroline Gonda and Rose Collis. Panels include Irish Lesbian Activism and screenings by Irish Queer Women film and videomakers.

The organisers say: Brighton is easily accessed by train from Gatwick Airport – the journey is less than 30 mins. Aer Lingus, British Airways, Ryanair, BMI, Air Southwest all connect Ireland and Gjatwick.

Lesbian Lives XVIII
c/o Dr Kath Browne
University of Brighton
School of the Environment & Technology
Cockcroft Building, Lewes Road
Brighton BN2 4GJ
UK

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'Black Girl Ugly 2010', photo by Sherley Olopherne

‘Black Girl Ugly 2010′, photo by Sherley Camille Olopherne

Art And Arts Related Workshops At Lesbian Lives XVIII
I have had a look at Lesbian Lives XVIII’s programme.  At the conferencey you can join workshops lots of workshops! Here is a list with a few samples which may be of interest to you dear arts professionals and art lovers.

Fingering our Histories: Exploring our Archives
- Lizzie Thynne (Sussex): Surrealism and Resistance: The War-time Campaign of Artists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore

Taken Spaces: Black Lesbians Against White Aesthetics
- Sherley Camille Olopherne (photographer)

Projecting: LGBT Media Representations
- Fiona Philip (Leeds): Inciting Revolt: Bryher and Hollywood’s ‘Triumphal Bridal Procession’
- Tayfun Tezel (Charles University): Representations of Homosexuality and Homosexual-Oriented Character in Turkish Cinema
- Yasmin max Sason
(UEL): Revolting Lesbians on Israeli Media – Dancing with Conflict on Screening Lesbians on Israeli Media
- Rasha Touqan (LSE): Sex Kitten or Ice Queen: Lesbian Representations in Western Media

Playing a Part: The Story
of Claude Cahun, at Sallis Benney Theatre
- Screening and discussion of ‘Playing a Part’ (Lizzie Thynne, 2005)

Man for a Day
- Presentation and workshop with Diane Torr

Performing an Erotic
- Gael A Harvey (Essex): Queer Cinécriture: The Body Politic in the Lesbian Aesthetic of Barbara Hammer

Lesbian Gaze
- Sam McBean (Birkbeck): Gazing at the Family Photo: Queer Desires in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home
- Elisha Foust (Royal Holloway): Dykes To Watch Out For: A Meditation on Revolt in the Graphic Novel