Τετάρτη, 31 Μαρτίου 2010

Nan Goldin - The condition of being human


Last Sunday I read an article in Maison & Decoration about Rebecca Camhi, a gallery owner in Greece, and the exhibition of Nan Goldin's photography. There was only one tiny photo of Nan Goldin's work because the article was about the gallery owner, but I felt that something clicked and I had to know more about her.
I was really moved by her work and by the way she explains what her photographs are about.

Nan Goldin started taking pictures at the age of 15 and later on in the early 70's she was introduced by a friend to drag queens and started living with them and documenting their lives.

Additionally she took photos of her friends at clubs and at private moments as well as self portraits. As she states she wanted to make a record of real life because she knew from a very early age that what she saw on television had nothing to with real life.


Nan Goldin says that her work has always been misunderstood of being about drugs and parties and the underground but she explains that it was never about that, it was about the condition of being human and the pain and the ability to survive and how difficult that is.


Information via nan goldin interview part 1 , nan goldin interview part 2

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