Washington, D.C., 1953Education:
School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, B.F.A. 1977;
5th Year Certificate, 1978
Imageworks, Cambridge, Mass., 1974Residence:
New York, USA and Paris, France
Nan Goldin began photographing at the age of 15. In 1978 she moved to New York where she continued to document her "extended family". These photographs became the subject of her slide shows and Goldin's first book, "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency". It was groundbreaking work, as she was the first woman to use photography to present the intimate details of her personal life as a public work of art, and inspired a new generation of artists. In 1985 her work was included in the Biennial of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and gained international renown. In 1993, her seminal work "The Other Side," named after the Boston nightclub where she spent her early years, was published by Scalo. Three years later, in 1996, a major retrospective exhibition of her work, "I'll be Your Mirror," opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and toured to museums in Europe. That same year the documentary "I'll be Your Mirror" was awarded a Teddy Bear Award for Best Essay at the Berlin Film Festival.
In 2000 Goldin moved to Paris and in 2001 a second retrospective, "Le Feu Follet," was held at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. In 2006, Goldin was awarded the prestigious "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres" by the government of France in recognition for her significant contribution to the arts. In 2007, Goldin received the Hassleblad Foundation International Award in Photography, coinciding with the publication of a book, "The Beautiful Smile", and an exhibition that traveled internationally. In 2009 Goldin was the guest curator at Recontres d'Arles festival for their 40th anniversary; she invited twelve photographers to participate in the exhibition, "Ça me touché". Goldin's most recent slide show "Scopophilia" was created especially for the Musée du Louvre and was exhibited at the end of 2010.
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