Nan Goldin, born in Washington in 1953. After the suicide of her older sister in 1965, she moves in with foster parents in Lincoln. First black-and-white photographs and portraits of friends and acquaintances emerge. Photography as a visual diary manifests itself as her credo early on. Courses at the New England School of Photography and a workshop with Lisette Model deepened her interest in photography. From around 1974, she turned to color photography and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she worked primarily with Cibachromes. After graduating, Goldin moved to New York in 1978. In addition to her first group exhibitions, she begins to present her photographs in slideshows (backed by music from 1980). In her magnum opus The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986), Nan Goldin provides unsparing insights into the lives of her friends as well as her own. The hundreds of slides were repeatedly rearranged and supplemented by Goldin. Cycles followed about her own self (All by Myself), about drag queens (The Other Side, A Double Life) and collaborations with Nobuyoshi Araki (Tokyo Love). Major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1996 and a highly acclaimed exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2001. Nan Goldin lives and works in New York, Berlin and Paris.
OstLicht Gallery was founded in 2012 on the premises of the Anker Brotfabrik in Vienna and has established itself as the leading Austrian gallery dealing exclusively with photography. Located in one of Vienna’s upcoming cultural hubs, the Gallery’s 400 m2 space has housed comprehensive retrospectives, solo-exhibitions and conceptual group shows by the likes of Ren Hang, David LaChapelle, VALIE EXPORT, Juergen Teller, Julian Schnabel and Cora Pongracz. OstLicht Gallery exclusively represents a range of contemporary shooting stars and emerging photographers.