The internationally celebrated artist Nan Goldin has come to be known not only for her remarkable talent and visionary career, but also for her uncompromising social commitment. Her prolific work speaks of the facets of human lives in such an intimate and inclusive way, at times it can almost feel overwhelming. The viewer is touched by the stories told in her pictures, recognized as a quiet testimony of human social conditions. Her work has opened the space for a new photographic genre and inspiring a generation. Her political involvement has been deeply intertwined with her persona and her practice, together bringing visibility and providing a voice to people who have historically outcast.
The exhibition, This Will Not End Well, starting at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, continues to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam through January 28, 2024. The tour will then continue to Berlin, at the Neue Nationalgalerie (November 2024 – February 2025), to Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan (October 2025 – February 2026) ending in Paris at the Grand Palais in September of 2026. It is one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Goldin’s work to date. There are pictures included from The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1981–2022), her most renowned book that marked the beginning of it all; The Other Side (1992–2021), that is, in her own words, “a book about beauty. And about love for my friends,” documenting the lives of her friends belonging to the LGBTQ+ community; Sisters, Saints and Sibyls (2004–2022) that starts from the memory of her beloved and lost sister to talk about the condition of women; Fire Leap (2010–2022) that depicts her godchildren and her friends’ children, capturing an awareness free of societal limitations; Sirens (2019–2020), that uses the connection to ancient mythology to talk about drug addiction, as does Memory Lost (2019–2021), that is specifically about her own addiction and her recovery from it.