Nan Goldin (*1953) occupies a central position in contemporary photography. Her photographs speak directly and unsparingly of the private life of the artist, who has continually portrayed her friends as well as herself.
The exhibition at the Kestnergesellschaft focuses on her latest series of works, “Scopophilia”, which is being shown for the first time in Germany. “Scopophilia” consists of over 400 photographs, which the artist combined into a 30-minute slide show. In this series Goldin juxtaposes new photographs that she took of selected paintings and sculptures at the Louvre in Paris with her early works from the 1980s and 1990s as well as most recent photographs of friends and lovers. She thus not only draws from the rich inventory of art history, but also revisits her own oeuvre from the past 40 years.
Furthermore, selected earlier grids as well as newly rearranged grids will be shown. These works reflect on wide-ranging states of being. “Shape Shifting” portrays rebirth and transformation; “Missing” deals with the painful experience of losing a number of her oldest and closest friends to the plague of Aids which has decimated her community. In addition the exhibition includes photographs of empty spaces and inhabited rooms that leave traces of personal histories.
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