Vital Signs

Barbara Hammer

1991, 10:00 minutes


Vital Signs is a multi-media collage film/video, attempts to challenge some Western constructs of death, where death is as horrible and something to be fearful of. Vital Signs reverses this ideology. Instead of being depicted as something to be fearful of and averse to, death, in the form of a skeleton, is embraced, fed, clothed, walked with and made love to.

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