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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Nan Goldin

b. 1953, USA

Nan Goldin is an American photographer famous for her intimate photographs of herself and a circle of friends that include members of the LGBTQ community. Her works convey empathy for this group in a time when such individuals were widely ostracised or treated with hostility by mainstream media. After leaving home at 13, Goldin attended Satya Community School in Massachusetts where a teacher introduced her to photography. At the time of this introduction she was recovering from the suicide of an older sibling and experimenting with drugs.

Excited after discovering the counter-cultural worlds of film-makers Andy Warhol, Federico Fellini and Jack Smith, Goldin went to Boston and began documenting the lives of the gay and trans communities in intimate domestic surroundings. Her first solo show was in 1973. In 1974 she studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Later, she began The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, where hundreds of slides were given a musical soundtrack and projected in nightclubs. The slides were later turned into a book (1986). From the 1980s on she did similar projects while living in Berlin, Bangkok, Tokyo, Paris and New York. She created suites of photographs that included her own coterie of lovers and friends that by then had become a large extended family. By the 1990s, however, many of her subjects had died from AIDS or drug overdoses. Goldin's work is now considered decades ahead of its time, especially considering the current political shifts in the art world and wider global communities.

When she documents drag queens putting on their makeup, friends shooting up or herself embracing a lover, Goldin introduces a sense of participation to her snapshots—an inclusiveness into the work that theoretically involves the viewer empathetically, instead of treating the viewer as an outsider voyeuristically looking in. She arguably mixes a non-judgemental viewpoint with a feeling of alienation, sensitively revealing what is normally kept private or hidden.

Goldin has had numerous international solo and group exhibitions. Solo shows include: Weekend Plans, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2017); blood on my hands, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (2016); Recent Photographs, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (1999); The Other Side 1972–1993, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York (1993); The Cookie Portfolio 1976–89, Photographic Resource Center, Boston (1990). Goldin has also had solo exhibitions at Whitney Museum of American Art (1996), Poste Restante, C/O Berlin (2009), Fantastic Tales: The Photography of Nan Goldin, Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania (2005); The Devil's Playground, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2001); Le Feu Follet, Centre Pompidou (2001); and Nan Goldin, Portland Museum of Art (2017). Her books include Tokyo Love: Spring Fever 1994 (1995). She has also made a film for the BBC with Edmund Coulthard, I'll Be Your Mirror (1995), and in 2007 received the Hasselblad Award.

Biography by John Hurrell | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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Sunset like hair, Sate, France by Nan Goldin contemporary artwork
Nan GoldinSunset like hair, Sate, France, 2003 Archival pigment print
68.6 x 101.6 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery
Ivy with Marilyn, Boston by Nan Goldin contemporary artwork
Nan GoldinIvy with Marilyn, Boston, 1973 Silver gelatin print
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery
Roommate with teacup, Boston by Nan Goldin contemporary artwork
Nan GoldinRoommate with teacup, Boston, 1973 Archival pigment print
47.6 x 31.8 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery
Red by Nan Goldin contemporary artwork
Nan GoldinRed, 2016 Archival pigment print
149.9 x 167.6 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery
Jimmy Paulette after the parade, NYC by Nan Goldin contemporary artwork
Nan GoldinJimmy Paulette after the parade, NYC, 1991 Archival pigment print
76.2 x 114.3 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery
Lavender Landscape, Ireland by Nan Goldin contemporary artwork
Nan GoldinLavender Landscape, Ireland, 2002 Inkjet print on fine art paper, framed
78 x 116 x 5 cm
KEWENIG

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, It's Not Me, It's You at Gazelli Art House, London
Closed
24 May–29 June 2019 Group Exhibition It's Not Me, It's You Gazelli Art House, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Une collection de photographies at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
Closed
17 May–13 July 2018 Group Exhibition Une collection de photographies rodolphe janssen, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, PEDRO CABRITA REIS, NAN GOLDIN, JUSTIN MATHERLY at KEWENIG, Berlin
Closed
3 February–14 April 2018 Group Exhibition PEDRO CABRITA REIS, NAN GOLDIN, JUSTIN MATHERLY KEWENIG, Berlin

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Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Ocula Conversation Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Founder, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo started collecting contemporary art in 1992, after graduating from Torino University, where she studied business and economics. She began her collection with four works from the late-1950s and early-1960s by Italian artists: Carla Accardi, Tano Festa, Mario Merz and Salvatore Scarpitta. 'I enjoyed the idea of...

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In Related Press

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NAN GOLDIN AND P.A.I.N. GROUP PROTEST SACKLER FAMILY AT THE GUGGENHEIM Related Press NAN GOLDIN AND P.A.I.N. GROUP PROTEST SACKLER FAMILY AT THE GUGGENHEIM ArtForum : 10 February 2019

Photographer Nan Goldin, her group P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now), and dozens of activists flooded the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York on Saturday night in protest of the institution's history with the Sackler family. The action, which began as a surprise demonstration in the museum's rotunda, culminated at the steps of...

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How Ed van der Elsken Influenced Other Artists Related Press How Ed van der Elsken Influenced Other Artists The New York Times : 3 March 2017

Ed van der Elsken may not have become a household name, but his art has influenced a broad range of photographers, filmmakers and other contemporary artists. Here are three who expressed a direct connection to his art.Nan GoldinThe contemporary American photographer Nan Goldin, known for her deeply personal snapshot-like portraits, and her...

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Refuge or trap? Female artists explore the concept of a room at Sadie Coles Related Press Refuge or trap? Female artists explore the concept of a room at Sadie Coles The Telegraph : 3 February 2017

This exceptional show gathers together a clutch of stand-alone installations and photographic works by some of the great female artists of the 20th and 21st century, all of which revolve in some way around the traditionally feminine domain of the domestic space. As we see here, the idea of the room can assume a multitude of forms and meanings,...

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Home girls: female artists explore domestic architectures at Sadie Coles Related Press Home girls: female artists explore domestic architectures at Sadie Coles Wallpaper* : 30 January 2017

Virginia Woolf famously wrote of the importance of having a ‘room of one’s own’, a physical and psychological place women could truly be free to express themselves.An all-female exhibition just opened at the Sadie Coles HQ London explores the way women artists from the late 20th century have looked at the aesthetics and structures of domestic...

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