“There is no distance between me and what I photograph.” – Nan Goldin


Wednesday 20 January, 19:30, Rialto Amsterdam
Dir. Sabine Lidl | Germany | 2013 | 61 min

Influential photographer Nan Goldin is widely renowned for her intensely personal, spontaneous and sexual photographs. In 1985 her ground-breaking series The Ballad of Sexual Dependency portrayed her extended family of artists, drug addicts and drag queens friends as they partied, got high, fought and had sex and, according to the New York Times, “forged a genre, with photography as influential as any in the last 20 years”.
Now in her sixties Goldin continues to amaze and shock with her transgressive slideshow presentations, exhibitions and books, still true to her motto that “my photos originate from relations, not from observations.”.
German director Sabine Lidl composes an intimate portrait of the New York charismatic photographer as she accompanies the artist on a nostalgic journey from Paris to Turin, Vienna and Berlin, where Nan Goldin lived for three years in the 90s and where she re-encounters some of her dearest friends and ex-lovers. As ruthlessly candid as the snapshots that have come to define Goldin as one of the most celebrated and controversial photographers of her generation, Lidl’s deeply personal film intertwines slideshows of Goldin’s photographs with intimate moments where the artist talks openly about her personal life, work, inspiration and obsessions.

The screening is presented in collaboration with FOAM and will be introduced by FOAM’s curator Kim Knoppers.

“A personal, incautious and thoroughly engaging view of the artist at work and at play.” – IndieNYC
“A brisk and illuminating documentary.” – Blouinartinfo International
“An exemplary insight into an artist’s existence.” – ZFF
“Many of those she inspired could benefit from this doc, which quietly demonstrates the importance empathy for others plays in successfully transforming one’s own life into art.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Listening silently and invisibly, Ms. Lidl provides a respectful, intimate frame for these confidences: cherished memories of a time when friend, lover and subject were often one and the same.” – The New York Times

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed arts documentaries.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.

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