Therapy and the Photographic Camera in Confessional Art: The Case of Nan Goldin’s Self-Portraiture
The landscape of contemporary research on confessional and autobiographical visual art is relatively barren. Few have attempted to delineate the media-specific compulsion to confess. Nan Goldin cannot be overlooked as a confessant who forged a career by materializing catharsis. Goldin’s series of self-portraiture dating from 1983 to 1988 employs the photographic camera not only as a tool of confession but as a catalyst for psychotherapy.
Matthew Ryan Smith. "Therapy and the Photographic Camera in Confessional Art: The Case of Nan Goldin’s Self-Portraiture" The Aesthetics of Excess, Department of Modern Languages, University of Western Ontario. University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. Jan. 2009.
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