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《 The Other Side 》

南·戈尔丁 ( Nan Goldin, 1953- )




“ This is a book about beauty.

And about my love for my friends. ”


I first saw them — Ivy and Naomi and Colette — crossing the bridge near Morgam Memorial Thrifshop in downtown Boston. They were the most gorgeous creatures I’d ever seen. I was immediately infatuated. I followed them and shut some Super 8 film. That was in 1972. It was the beginning of an obsession that has lasted twenty years. 


Soon after, I met them again through David, my closest friend, who had started to do drag. From my first night at The Other Side — the drag queen bar of Boston in the 70s — I came to life. I fell in love with one of the queens and within a few months moved in with Ivy and another friend. I was eighteen and felt like I was a queen too. Completely devoted to my friends, they became my whole world. Part of my worship of them involved photographing them, I wanted to pay homage, to show them how beautiful they were. I never saw them as men dressing as women, but as something entirely different — a third gender that made more sense than either of the other two. I accepted them as they saw themselves; I had no desire to unmask them with my camera. Since my early teens, I'd lived by an Oscar Wilde saying, that you are who you pretend to be. I had enormous respect for the courage my friends had in recreating themselves according to their fantasies.







There was a wide range of gender identity among my friends. Several were pre - optranssexuals; others, like Ivy, never wanted to be women but were into the art of glamor, into fashion. For Naomi, gender was completely malleable: some days she was Naomi, other days he was Frankie. There were several other girls who hung around the queens in those days: Pamela and Naomi were lovers, off and on, and from what I’ve heard they are still together now, twenty years later; another girl, Susan, was once arrested for female impersonation! During that time I looked in the library for anything written about women who fall in love with drag queens. I found one chapter in an abnormal psychology book from the 1950s which said that we were so perverse as to be unclassifiable.







The pictures in this book are not of people suffering gender dysphoria but rather expressing gender euphoria. This book is about new possibilities and transcendence. The people in these pictures are truly revolutionary; they are the real winners of the battle of the sexes because they have stepped out of the ring. 


——NAN GOLDIN. BERLIN, DECEMBER 29, 1992



关于艺术家


1953年出生的南·戈尔丁(Nan Goldin)是现在美国最受瞩目的摄影家之一,她可谓是当今私摄影的鼻祖。她与各种自我放逐于美国主流社会以外的青年人共同生活。在这期间,戈尔丁怀着 “自己记录自己的历史”的愿望,开始以摄影方式如实拍摄他们的群体生活,不作任何修饰,赤裸裸地展示了处于社会主流边缘的一部分美国青年的生活实态。


南戈丁影响最大的作品是她的《性依赖叙事曲》。他向我们呈现了西方“扩展型家庭”的生活状态。这些以同性恋为主体的家庭,一反传统家庭的紧凑型模式,不以生育繁衍为目的而构成。这种私摄影性质的作品,向观众抛出了一个超越私人领域的公共话题。具有强烈的时代性。



【 敬请期待 】

光社2020年开年大展 —— " 南·戈尔丁Nan Goldin "



《 The Other Side 》

南·戈尔丁 ( Nan Goldin, 1953- )




“ This is a book about beauty.

And about my love for my friends. ”


I first saw them — Ivy and Naomi and Colette — crossing the bridge near Morgam Memorial Thrifshop in downtown Boston. They were the most gorgeous creatures I’d ever seen. I was immediately infatuated. I followed them and shut some Super 8 film. That was in 1972. It was the beginning of an obsession that has lasted twenty years. 


Soon after, I met them again through David, my closest friend, who had started to do drag. From my first night at The Other Side — the drag queen bar of Boston in the 70s — I came to life. I fell in love with one of the queens and within a few months moved in with Ivy and another friend. I was eighteen and felt like I was a queen too. Completely devoted to my friends, they became my whole world. Part of my worship of them involved photographing them, I wanted to pay homage, to show them how beautiful they were. I never saw them as men dressing as women, but as something entirely different — a third gender that made more sense than either of the other two. I accepted them as they saw themselves; I had no desire to unmask them with my camera. Since my early teens, I'd lived by an Oscar Wilde saying, that you are who you pretend to be. I had enormous respect for the courage my friends had in recreating themselves according to their fantasies.







There was a wide range of gender identity among my friends. Several were pre - optranssexuals; others, like Ivy, never wanted to be women but were into the art of glamor, into fashion. For Naomi, gender was completely malleable: some days she was Naomi, other days he was Frankie. There were several other girls who hung around the queens in those days: Pamela and Naomi were lovers, off and on, and from what I’ve heard they are still together now, twenty years later; another girl, Susan, was once arrested for female impersonation! During that time I looked in the library for anything written about women who fall in love with drag queens. I found one chapter in an abnormal psychology book from the 1950s which said that we were so perverse as to be unclassifiable.







The pictures in this book are not of people suffering gender dysphoria but rather expressing gender euphoria. This book is about new possibilities and transcendence. The people in these pictures are truly revolutionary; they are the real winners of the battle of the sexes because they have stepped out of the ring. 


——NAN GOLDIN. BERLIN, DECEMBER 29, 1992



关于艺术家


1953年出生的南·戈尔丁(Nan Goldin)是现在美国最受瞩目的摄影家之一,她可谓是当今私摄影的鼻祖。她与各种自我放逐于美国主流社会以外的青年人共同生活。在这期间,戈尔丁怀着 “自己记录自己的历史”的愿望,开始以摄影方式如实拍摄他们的群体生活,不作任何修饰,赤裸裸地展示了处于社会主流边缘的一部分美国青年的生活实态。


南戈丁影响最大的作品是她的《性依赖叙事曲》。他向我们呈现了西方“扩展型家庭”的生活状态。这些以同性恋为主体的家庭,一反传统家庭的紧凑型模式,不以生育繁衍为目的而构成。这种私摄影性质的作品,向观众抛出了一个超越私人领域的公共话题。具有强烈的时代性。



【 敬请期待 】

光社2020年开年大展 —— " 南·戈尔丁Nan Goldin "