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Maya Deren's Sink

Documentary Film
30 minutes

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Barbara Hammer
The encounter with the works of American avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren (1917-1961) – marginalised during her lifetime – inspired Barbara Hammeras a filmmaker. Using interiors, articles of daily use and the architecture of places where Deren lived Hammer explores another piece of “hidden history”, an “archive of the mundane”, fragmented and with multiple superimpositions like our memory. Images from Deren’s films and of the filmmaker herself appear on the walls and in the rooms. Fleeting shadows like the stories told by witnesses which come from far away or from the walls and instantly turn into history. What traces are left by a life? “Nothing is first, nothing is last, nothing is future, nothing is past.“
– Grit Lemke