The ballad of Sexual Dependency

On the occasion of the release of Nan Goldin’s film All the beauty and the bloodshed, I offer these drawings made during the screening at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2015, with music by the Tiger Lillies.

The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, made between 1979 and 1986, is one of Nan Goldin’s earliest photographic series, but remains today, and rightly so, the best known of all her works. The slide show projected on a large screen is accompanied by the Tiger Lillies. A London musical trio, they are dark, provocative and blasphemous, grimacing with their Brechtian inspiration which fits perfectly with the images. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a masterpiece, an authentic chronicle of modern times.


Nan Goldin, fotography

The Tiger Lillies
Martyn Jacques, Adrian Stout, Jonas Golland

* Source: Philharmonie de Paris

Fanzines at the BNF

Free press and fanzines: the alternative press in France, from the 1960s to the present day

A real mass phenomenon, with its own codes, distribution networks and events on the fringes of mainstream culture, the alternative press remains little known in France.

Appearing by the hundreds in the wake of May ’68 and the British and American counterculture, independent newspapers and sheets offer a young public the subjects that the “serious” press dismisses – pop and rock music, ecology, nuclear power, regionalist movements, sexuality, street entertainment, feminism, pacifism -, treated in an iconoclastic and radical tone. Charlie Hebdo, Actuel and Le Parapluie are the most successful and enduring flagships of an underground wave that was sweeping through a generation of baby-boomers who were building their own culture as an alternative to the dominant ideology.*

*text @ BNF :

Philippe de Scola – les formes du visible

« Les Formes du visible ».
Conférence au Jeu de Paume, Paris, tenue par Philippe Descola, anthropologue, animée par Teresa Castro, en présence de Marine Hugonnier
« La figuration n’est pas tout entière livrée à la fantaisie expressive de ceux qui font des images. On ne figure que ce que l’on perçoit ou imagine, et l’on n’imagine et ne perçoit que ce que l’habitude nous a enseigné à discerner. Le chemin visuel que nous traçons spontanément dans les plis du monde dépend de notre appartenance à l’une des quatre régions de l’archipel ontologique : animisme, naturalisme, totémisme ou analogisme. (…) une anthropologie de la figuration.

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