Five naked women in nature
Still from Barbara Hammers "Dyketactics". © Courtesy of the Hammer Estate and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.
  • 6 April 2022
  • Kunstnernes Hus Kino

Kunstnernes Hus
Wergelandsveien 17
0167 Oslo

Experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer is widely celebrated as a pioneer of queer cinema. In collaboration with The National Museum of Art, Architecture & Design, Kunstnernes Hus Kino is screening a selection of Hammer’s films. The screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Lynne Sachs, a close friend and collaborator of Hammer’s. 

About the filmmaker

In 1973, American filmmaker Barbara Hammer (1939–2019) produced her breakthrough film Dyketactics, often considered to be the first lesbian-made film showing sex between women. Over the course of her 40-year career, Hammer produced more than 100 films and videos. With her focus on taboo subjects such as the female orgasm, menstruation and lesbian sex, many of her works are still considered controversial today. Hammer’s films have previously been shown at museums such as Tate Modern and MoMA. In 2013, Kunsthall Oslo held a large retrospective of Hammer’s work. 

About the shorts

The program of shorts includes five films by Hammer, Dyketactics (1974), Women I Love (1976), Sync Touch (1981), Sanctus (1990) and A Horse is Not a Metaphor (2018), films which explore lesbian sexuality and identity, the female body and mortality. In addition, the program includes Lynne Sach’s A Month of Single Frames (2018), which Saches made from footage, drawings and texts produced by Hammer during an art residency at Cape Cod in Massachusetts, USA.   


Motstrøms is a screenings series of films by The National Museum, showcasing bold, innovative and entertaining films that move between traditional cinema and art. Throughout 2022, the programme will feature pioneers of queer cinema and showcase films and video by or about artists.  

Queer Culture Year 2022

The film screenings are part of The National Museum’s program for Queer Culture Year 2022 and are shown in collaboration with Kunstnernes Hus Kino. Queer Culture Year 2022 celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Norway. 


  • Dyketactics (1974). Duration: 4:00
  • Women I Love (1976). Duration: 22:39
  • Sync Touch (1981). Duration: 10:07
  • Sanctus (1990). Duration: 18:16
  • A Horse is not a Metaphor (2018). Duration: 29:43

Produced by: Barbara Hammer  
Country: USA  
Language: English 

  • A Month of Single Frames (2018). Duration: 14:00

    Produced by: Lynne Sachs, Barbara Hammer  
    Country: USA  
    Language: English