The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Nan Goldin´s series at MoMA

 

 

"The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" are more than 700 portraits token in Boston, New York and Berlin between the late 70s and early 80s as an emotional and fragmented narrative about the intimacy, about sexual relations or not... between young with different personal, social and geographical origins... and is a landmark of contemporary photography.

 

 

 

 

The photographer Nan Goldin (Washington DC, 1953) found in New York the great theme of his work: the story of the emotional and sexual lives of a generation hit by the rock, drugs, and AIDS and, as a photographer documentary she decided to register this reality so close. She entitled the series as "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" inspired by the Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, a tribute to the lyricism of the street and survival. The Ballad by Goldin is also in its way, an opera dedicated to the downtown in which the protagonists are caught in intimate moments of love and loss, in moments of ecstasy and pain caused by the sex, drugs or violence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MoMA exhibition is presented with the original formats 35mm accompanied by an evocative soundtrack that includes the Undergroung Velvet or Maria Callas and as an appetizer, provides personal materials from the archives of the artist: posters, flyers, documentation of the numerous occasions that she had shown the Ballad series. 

 

 

 

 

During these months, also live performances will happen because, originally, the series was conceived as a performance in which, with the help of his friends and protagonists of the photos, Goldin would project her photos as slideshow to illustrate concerts of, among others, James Brown, Nina Simone, Charles Aznavour or Screaming 'Jay Hawkins.

 

Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency opened on June 11 and will be in the MoMA until 12 February 2017.
 

 

 

 

 

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.