Metrograph and Nan Goldin present “Sirens”
Friday, July 31
Photographer, and Metrograph’s inaugural guest film curator, Nan Goldin presents the digital debut of Sirens, her first work made up solely of found-footage video.
Scored by Mica Levi, Sirens assembles clips from movies by the likes of Kenneth Anger, Lynne Ramsay, Michelangelo Antonioni, Henri-Georges Clouzot, and Jack Smith, as well as wild documentary footage of the Manson family. “Echoing the enchanting call of the Sirens from Greek mythology, who lured sailors to their untimely deaths on rocky shores, this hypnotic work visually and acoustically entrances the viewer into the euphoria of being high,” explains the Marian Goodman Gallery, where the film debuted in the fall as part of Goldin’s same-titled installation. Sirens, dedicated to the first black supermodel Donyale Luna, who overdosed on heroin at the age of 33, will be accompanied by two works from renowned No Wave filmmaker Vivienne Dick: Liberty’s Booty, a nonjudgmental portrait of middle-class “prostitution,” and Beauty Becomes the Beast, a powerful look at the complexities of being a woman, starring Lydia Lunch.
For more information and to watch the screening, visit Metrograph’s website.
Few works have impacted the world of photography like Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Published by Aperture in 1986, The Ballad retains an uncommon power with its unflinching portrayal of friends, lovers, and relationships—a dramatic opera of joy and despair. This summer, Aperture magazine returns to an iconic work with “Ballads,” a special issue featuring an exclusive interview with Goldin as well as a section curated by the artist dedicated to her influences. Click here to purchase the summer issue of Aperture magazine, Ballads.