Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Lover Other

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.