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A Month of Single Frames

An artist captures the joys of solitude amid a month living in a beach shack

‘I am overwhelmed by simplicity. There is so much to see.’

In 1998, the pioneering US feminist artist Barbara Hammer (1939-2019) spent a month at an artist residency in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Feeling ‘compelled to do absolutely nothing’ while living in a dune shack without running water or electricity, Hammer documented her solitude with a journal, a tape recorder and a 16mm film camera.

For decades, these materials remained in her…

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