Nan Goldin –

Nan Goldin – Artist (focuses mostly in photography and self portraits). She was in a long- term relationship which came out to be very abusive. Her book and slide show ” The Ballad of Sexual Dependancy” revealed it all through self portraits and various other works with the help of other artists.


‘Nan one month after being battered’ 1984

(photograph, colour, cibachrome print, on paper mounted onto board)

Image: 695 x 1015 mm)

I think what I like specifically about ‘Nan one month after being battered’ is the fact that she is clearly injured so badly but has got lipstick on, earring and a necklace, and hair done glossy and fancy. It kind of seems to me that she has tried to continue with her life as normal. She isn’t letting her bruises stop her from feeling glamorous, which is very different from a usual victim of domestic violence as usually victims have been known to hide what has happened to them due to feeling guilt or being ashamed. I think its a brave and bold move for Nan to have taken and shown this image of herself to the world after such a brutal ending to a long-term relationship, and is really inspiring to talk about the issue.

What I want to take from Nan Goldin’s work is that victims of assault and sexual battering shouldn’t be ashamed of what has happened to them. The reason I’m doing this project is because I think its such a important topic and should really be talked about and more widely discussed. Nan Goldin is just one example of public figures who are standing up against abuse, and I want to be able to create a body of work that does this.

“For a number of years I was deeply involved with a man… Things between us started to break down but neither of us could make the break…. our sexual obsession remained one of the hooks. One night, he battered me severely, almost blinding me.

-Quote from ‘The Ballad of Sexual Dependancy’ p.8