Nan and Brian in bed in kimono, NYC, 1983
Dye destruction print
This photograph depicts artist Nan Goldin and her boyfriend at the time, seated in bed. The physical and emotional tension captured here reflects their strained relationship, one that eventually became abusive. The photograph is part of Goldin's influential work The Ballard of Sexual Dependency. In it, Goldin chronicled the struggles for intimacy and understanding within her circle of friends and lovers during the 1970s and early 1980s. Ballad was originally conceived as a slide show of more than 700 color images accompanied by a soundtrack.