A person steps into one of the rooms in the exhibition "Nan Goldin – This Will Not End Well"

Nan Goldin/Hala Wardé, Installation view "Nan Goldin – This Will Not End Well", 2022 Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet

Works in the exhibition

The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

41m 52s

“The Ballad of Sexual Dependency”, which consists of seven hundred slides with an eclectic soundtrack, began its life on the club circuit in New York in the late 1970s. Constantly reedited and updated, this version is presented here for the first time. The piece is dedicated to Goldin’s community lost to the AIDS crisis.

Two people sit next to each other in a bed
Nan Goldin, Brian and Nan in Kimono (1983) © Nan Goldin

The Other Side

16m 44s

Named after a bar in Boston, “The Other Side” pays homage to Goldin’s transgender friends whom she lived with and photographed between 1972 and 2010. The work celebrates their “gender euphoria” and the possibilities of transcendence.

From slideshow The Other Side
Nan Goldin, C as Madonna in the dressing room (1992) © Nan Goldin

Sisters, Saints, and Sibyls

Three-channel video
35m 17s

“Sisters, Saints, and Sibyls” focuses on the experience of women who are trapped, literally and figuratively, in both psychological and mythical contexts. It explores the personal narrative of Goldin’s sister Barbara, who was institutionalized and committed suicide at an early age, while tracing both the biblical story of Saint Barbara and the artist’s own history.

Nan Goldin, The Priory distorted in reflection, London (2002) © Nan Goldin


Single-channel video
16m 1s

Echoing the enchanting call of the Sirens from Greek mythology, who lured sailors to their untimely deaths on rocky shores, this hypnotic work entrances the viewer with a suggestion of the sensuality and ecstasy of being high. This is the first work by Goldin to be made entirely from found footage—including scenes from thirty films. The soundtrack was composed by Mica Levi.

Color image projected on the wall
Nan Goldin, Sirens, 2019-2021 Installation view at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery

Memory Lost

Digitalt bildspel
24m 26s

“Memory Lost”, which traces a life through the lens of drug addiction, is Goldin’s most internal and visceral piece. It includes images from her vast archive, interviews and telephone answering machine recordings from the 1980s. The piece is accompanied by a score commissioned from composer Mica Levi, with additional music by CJ Calderwood and Soundwalk Collective.

Photograph depicting a blurred house facade
Nan Goldin, Falling buildings, Rome (2004) © Nan Goldin

Fire Leap

Digitalt bildspel
14m 53s

Goldin photographed her godchildren and her friends’ children between 1978 and 2014, viewing them with empathy and dignity. “Fire Leap” captures an awareness that is still free of societal limitations. Goldin says: “When children arrive, they know everything, and life teaches them to forget.”

Looking through a hole in a wall
Nan Goldin, Nikki in a box , 2010-2022 © Nan Goldin

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