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Nan Goldin

American photographer Nan Goldin (*1953,Washington, D.C.) is known for taking photographs of her intimate circle of friends, members of the cultural underground scene in Boston, New York or Berlin. Working in a documentary style and with the aesthetics of the snapshot, Goldin has made portraits of artists, gays, drag queens, transvestites, drug addicts, as well as self-portraits. Her images show an immediacy and emotional proximity that made them emblematic of the 1980s, the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and of Berlin before the fall of the wall in 1989. Her series of around 800 photographs called The Ballad of Sexual Dependency has evolved since she started it in 1979. Initially shown as a continuous slide projection in a loop, it is considered her most important work, and is presented as a private diary. It includes the photo Käthe in the tub, West Berlin (1984), which is emblematic of Goldin’s way of approaching her models with great sensitivity in intimate moments. For Goldin, the mirror becomes a tool for questioning the self through the other, as is underlined by the title of her first retrospective in 1996 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, I’ll be your mirror.

Artworks

  1. Nan Goldin Dressing room at I.C., Manila, 1992

    Cibachrome
    104 x 71,5 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2013
    © Nan Goldin

  1. Nan Goldin Jimmy Paulette and Tabboo! undressing, NYC, 1991

    Photographie couleur
    101,6 x 69,5 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 1997
    Apport FOCUNA
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi

  1. Nan Goldin Käthe in the Tub, West Berlin, 1984

    Photographie couleur
    69,5 x 101,6 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 1997
    Apport FOCUNA
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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