Ava twirling, NYC, 2007, by Nan Goldin. From Eden and After.
Ava twirling, NYC, 2007, by Nan Goldin. From Eden and After.

Nan Goldin film premiers at Art Basel Miami Beach

I Remember Your Face documents life in Paris and Berlin and gets first US showing tonight - watch the trailer

Many artists incorporate a degree of autobiography into their work, yet Nan Goldin is perhaps the prime exemplar of a life lived out as work. The sixty-year-old American photographer first found success with her images taken within the East Coast's sex and drugs subculture, which she herself inhabited. Her lucid, fragile images aren't simple snapshots, yet they have the intimacy of an image taken between friends. Both artful and autobiographical, she has continued to shoot in a similar manner ever since.

 

Joe flying across his room, NYC, 1994, by Nan Goldin, from Eden and After
Joe flying across his room, NYC, 1994, by Nan Goldin, from Eden and After

As we put it in our description of her brilliant book, The Devil's Playground “Since the early 1970s, Goldin has taken numerous photographs of her friends and 'family', which form a unique corpus of work. Goldin's life and friends became the focus of her work - a diary of friends and lovers in Europe and America, in the underground and gay scene.”

Tonight, Art Basel Miami's attendees will be offered another view into Nan's life, this time with moving pictures. I Remember Your Face (2013) is a new documentary shot by Sabine Lidl. Lidl shadows Nan in Paris and Berlin, as the photographer meets up with old flames, and offers some wry, ribald reasoning.

 

The cow girl, Providence, RI, 1991, by Nan Goldin, from Eden and After
The cow girl, Providence, RI, 1991, by Nan Goldin, from Eden and After

The screening, on 6 Dec at 8:30pm in the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, is free, open to the public, and will be followed by a Q&A session with both Goldin and Lidl. Sounds like a treat. Find out more here.

Nan Goldin I Remember You trailer

If you aren't lucky enough to get in, then console yourself with the news that we will be publishing a new Nan Goldin book, Eden and After - from which these images of Nan's friends' children are taken - in the new year. More on this in 2014. Meanwhile, you can get acquainted with our other Goldin books and her beautiful limited-edition Collector's Edition prints here.