Nan Goldin is an artist and activist who lives and works in New York and Berlin. Her photography has been exhibited in museums around the world, and has been the subject of two major touring retrospectives—one organized in 1996 by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and another, in 2001, by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. She has published fifteen books, including The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (Aperture, 1986). In 2006, Goldin was awarded the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. She received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in 2007 and the red Award for outstanding work in the field of HIV/AIDS. In 2012, Goldin was awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal. She is the founder of P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now), a group dedicated to combating the growing opioid epidemic in the US. Goldin is represented by the Marian Goodman gallery.
David Velasco (b. 1978, Portland) is the editor-in-chief of Artforum. His first issue, in January 2018, featured Nan Goldin’s inaugural action against the Sackler Family to hold them accountable for their role in the opioid crisis. He is also the editor of Modern Dance, a series of titles published by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, examining the work of choreographers who are transforming twentieth-century movement-based idioms. Based in New York, Velasco is currently at work on a novel about fathers.
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