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Nan Goldin

Nan after being battered

1984

Nan after being battered, which shows Nan Goldin dressed up, with two black eyes, is part of her series The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. This group of photographs reveals the artist’s intense relationships with many of her subjects and contains an emotional content that is powerful and wide-ranging. First realized in 1981 as a 45-minute slideshow of 700 images projected to a range of music including opera, blues, and punk, it was later screened in social establishments such as the Mudd Club and in art galleries and museums. Its power rests in the accumulation of images over time, a building that happens as the projection switches rapidly from one photograph to the next. In 1986, the presentation was edited down to 126 images and published as a book by Aperture.

Nan Goldin (b. 1953, Washington, D.C.; lives and works in New York and Paris)
Nan after being battered, 1984
Cibachrome print
11 x 14 in.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The Nimoy Family Foundation

The camera is as much a part of my everyday life as talking or eating or sex. The instant of photographing, instead of creating distance, is a moment of clarity and emotional connection for me. —Nan Goldin