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United States of America born 1953

Nan after being battered 1984 Description: From the series: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency 1981-1996
Place made: New York, New York, United States of America
Materials & Technique: photographs, direct positive colour photograph Impression: 10/25

Primary Insc: Inscribed,verso,bot.c.,fibre tipped pen,`Nan after being battered. 1984' Signed,verso,l.r.,fibre tipped pen,`Nan Goldin'
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed,verso,l.r.,fibre tipped pen,`#10...(illeg. - crossed out) /25' Inscribed,verso,u.r.corner,fibre tipped pen,`N6.015.9'
Dimensions: printed image 39.0 h x 60.0 w cm sheet 50.7 h x 60.9 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1994
Accession No: NGA 94.253
Image rights: © Nan Goldin, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Goldin’s work is marked by an often moving sense of intimacy. Her diaristic photographs record the experiences of her friends and lovers. Intimacy is brought into Goldin’s work through the highly personal nature of her images. It is also suggested in the way her camera often pervades the physical, emotional and psychic space of her subject – giving rise to an often uncomfortable viewing experience that can be voyeuristic and empathetic. In this self-portrait, taken after Goldin was beaten and almost blinded by her partner, Goldin demonstrates that intimacy is often a complex and ambivalent state.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra