All The Beauty And The Bloodshed

This movie begins as a look into the life and career of photographer and activist Nan Goldin.

I knew of her documentary-style photographs of the LGBTQ+ community, counterculture of the 80’s and 90’s and AIDS epidemic, but didn’t know of her incredible activism.

The final third of the movie illustrates her actions to raise awareness about the pharmaceutical industry’s role in the opioid epidemic.

It stuck with me.

I think back to the work we made with the Public Service Artists here in Cincinnati… Part of our existence was the process of thinking about issues and coming up with ways to address them, but we lacked a clear, defined purpose.

I’m inspired by the single issue focus of Nan’s P.A.I.N group and the impact they’ve achieved.