Oct 24, 02:36 pm
The Ballad Live, Aperture Benefit Auction, October 26th, New York, NY
Aperture Foundation Benefit Party & Auction
610 West 56th Street, New York
Marking the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Aperture Foundation is pleased to present an evening of art and entertainment featuring Nan Goldin’s The Ballad slide show, with a live musical performance by Laurie Anderson, with special guests Martha Wainwright, Samuel Rohrer, Pat Irwin and The Bush Tetras.
All proceeds directly benefit Aperture Foundation’s publications, public programming, and educational initiatives, and support the foundation’s mission of connecting the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online.
The Playlist song for this photograph is Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve.
From the artist: “The Santa Cruz Kids is a series shot from approximately 1995-2000 in and around Santa Cruz and San Francisco that focused on the scene I ran with – a straight edge, punk rock, Riot Grrl zine scene that was centered around music. This specific image is one of the very last ones I took, right when 1999 rolled into 2000, of a woman called Shana Michelle Murphy (now Bonstin), who was also the very first person I photographed. She’s the person I danced with at a club called Sixteen, who was with me for that perfect moment when Bitter Sweet Symphony came on, and my world was shattered in the best possible way – I’ve never danced so hard! All the Santa Cruz Kids (about three-four hundred images) are shot with a HOLGA (back when I had to mail-order them from overseas) and flash, are hand-printed and a mix of color and black and white photographs – mainly of women getting ready to go out, of make-out sessions, of parties, of unmade beds, all vignetted fragments. It’s amazing at how they are so very Instagram before Instagram – and that the project was started twenty years ago! It’s also amazing that when I shot this I didn’t know who Nan Goldin was…”