@ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Presented in Association with San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Veteran filmmaker Barbara Hammer’s tribute to Claude Cahun, Surrealist photographer, war resister and lesbian, is a superb tribute from one artist to another-both of whom developed their own visual iconographies. Cahun, (born Lucie Schwob, 1894-1954), the daughter of wealthy Jewish intellectuals, and her lover Marcel Moore (born Suzanne Malherbe, 1892-1972) experimented with gender roles in their photographs, breaking taboos and creating arresting work. The couple fled France in the late 1930s; they were later imprisoned by the Gestapo because of their resistance activities and much of their photographic work, deemed degenerate by the Nazis was destroyed.