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Nan Goldin, Weekend Plans
16 June - 15 October 2017
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency - the name she gave her ever-evolving slideshow - eventually grew into a forty-five minute multimedia presentation of more than 700 photographs, accompanied by a musical soundtrack. The work is a deeply personal narrative taken from Goldin’s own intimate life experiences throughout the late 1970s and ‘80s which include photos of the artist with her lover, her friends taking drugs, making love and partying, children of her friends, and photos of several of her friends who died from AIDS. “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is the diary I let people read,” Goldin wrote. “The diary is my form of control over my life. It allows me to obsessively record every detail. It enables me to remember.”
Throughout this exhibition there is a particular focus on the role and expression of female relationships in Goldin’s work. Many of the photographs in this exhibition include images of Vivienne Dick, and show their enduring friendship. Taken over the course of three decades from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, the photographs were shot across various locations such as New York, New Hampshire, London, Dublin and Donegal.
A selection of these images form part of a series of unseen photographs from Ireland in which Goldin is showing at IMMA for the first time. Taken during her visits to Ireland with Vivienne Dick in 1979 and 2002 they include landscapes, seascapes, portraits of Vivienne and details of Irish life taken around Donegal, Galway and Dublin. For Irish audiences, some of the scenes carry an almost colloquial visual quality – there are images of sheep, cows, purple skies, mossy rocks and dark beaches.
At IMMA, Weekend Plans is presented alongside the solo exhibition 93% STARDUST by Irish artist and film-maker Vivienne Dick. Both Goldin and Dick were key figures of the ‘No Wave’ movement, an underground music, art and film scene associated with New York’s avant-garde in the late 1970s. Rachael Thomas, the curator of these two exhibitions at IMMA, states, “These are historic exhibitions that bring together two pioneering artists that have shaped photography and film in a raw and real sense. By showing Nan Goldin and Vivienne Dick alongside each other, not only are we acknowledging their friendship but we are celebrating artists that have defined our understanding of life.”
A new Limited Edition has been produced by Nan Goldin, titled The Singing Pub, and will be available to purchase at the IMMA Shop.
Visitors are advised that this exhibition contains adult themes and explicit imagery that may not be suitable for all audiences. Please talk to a member of our Visitor Engagement team if you need more information.
About the Artist
Nan Goldin (b. 1953)
Her work has been the subject of two major touring retrospectives: one organized in 1996 by the Whitney Museum of American Art and another, in 2001, by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Recent exhibitions include the slide and video presentation Sisters, Saints & Sybils at La Chapelle de la Salpêtrière, Paris, contributions to the 40th Les Rencontres d'Arles in 2009, and Goldin's Scopophilia exhibition that was part of Patrice Chéreau's special 2011 program at the Louvre. Goldin was admitted to the French Legion of Honor in 2006 and received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in 2007. In 2012 The Macdowell Colony awarded Goldin the Edward Macdowell Medal for her enduring vision and creativity. The original 35mm format slideshow installation of The Ballad of Sexual Dependency was recently presented at the Museum of Modern Art, on view until 16 April 2017. Goldin lives and works in Berlin and New York.
Preview Talk: Rachael Thomas & Nan Goldin
Curators Lunchtime Talk Series
Lecture / Claire Pajaczkowska - New York No Wave
Wednesday 20 September 2017, 6.30pm / Lecture Room
Drawing on the work, friendships and creative circles that inspired artists Nan Goldin, Vivienne Dick and their contemporary pioneers of No Wave, movement born out of downtown New York - Dr Claire Pajaczkowska examines the cultural contexts and feminist politics of New York’s underground scene of 1970s to mid-80’s that became the melting pot for a subculture of avant-garde artists, musician and film-makers to cross pollinate and establish a defining period in the history of film, art, and music.
Read the Exhibition Guide.
Watch an introduction to the exhibition with Rachael Thomas, Head of Exhibitions, IMMA.
Listen to a review on Arena, RTE Radio 1.
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