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In Conversation: Nan Goldin & Vivienne Dick

Legendary queer photographer Nan Goldin agreed to do just two interviews when visiting Dublin for the opening of her exhibition with Irish feminist lmmaker, Vivienne Dick at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. One of them was with GCN, and we decided it would be good to get the two women together for a conversation. Mary Nally took just about a minute to agree to put it on the record.

When I was asked to meet Vivienne Dick and Nan Goldin for GCN, it took a minute to agree. They’re like these legendary rockstars who’ve been part of a time in New York that I’ve obsessed over since my first visit there. The art, the fashion, the music, the city, the blackout, the freedom, the parties… Would you be able, like? No. But I said I’d try.

I first met Vivienne a few years ago. Up until then I’d only known her at a distance from the Irish art scene, that she was this underground hero; an avant-garde film making genius. Born in Killybegs, Donegal she felt there was nothing for her in Ireland and moved to New York in the ’70s. She began making Super 8 films during this time, and became a key figure in the ‘No Wave’ scene. It is here that she also met the legendary photographer Nan Goldin. The artists often feature in each other’s work. ‘Vivienne in the green dress, NYC’ is an iconic photo from Goldin’s most well-known work The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, a slide show of over 700 images set to a soundtrack which documents the artist’s intimate personal life.

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In this issue of GCN Róisín McVeigh explores the changing representation of lesbians on the big screen against the background of GAZE's screening of the controversial Below Her Mouth; Toryn Glavin argues that The Crying Game has a ring of trans truth; Editor Brian Finnegan explore Ireland's LGBT+ community's paradoxical relationship with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar; Tributes are paid to two beloved LGBT activists, Ann Loiuse Gilligan and Dave Roach, by those who loved them most; Legendary queer photographer Nan Goldin and feminist filmmaker Vivienne Dick sit down with Mary Nally to discuss queerness, mythomaniacs and much else. And of course, there's much more to explore...