This Will Not End Well

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Steidl / Moderna Museet, 2023. Second edition.
Clothbound hardcover, 216 pp., 374 color illustrations, 245 x 260 mm. Photographs by Nan Goldin. Text by Marvin Heiferman, Thomas Beard, Lucy Sante, Vince Aletti, Anne Sward, Catilín Kiernan, Guido Costa, Alfred Pacquement, Gabor Maté, Darryl Pinckney, Sarah Schulman, David Wojnarowicz, Patrick Radden Keefe, Rene Ricard, Cookie Mueller. Design by Joseph Logan.

This Will Not End Well is the first book to present a comprehensive overview of Nan Goldin's work as a filmmaker. Accompaning the retrospective show and tour of the same name, organized by Moderna Museet, Stockholm, the book draws from the nearly dozen slideshows and films Goldin has made from thousands of photographs, film sequences, audio tapes and music tracks. The stories told range from the trauma of her family history to the portrayal of her bohemian friends, to a journey into the darkness of addiction.

By focusing exclusively on slideshows and video installations, This Will Not End Well aims to fully embrace Goldin’s vision of how her work should be experienced. The book retains the presentation of the slide shows by showing all images in the same format on a black background and sequenced as they are in the sources. The 20 texts, of which the major part are newly commissioned by Goldin, complement and deepen the intention of her work.

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