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Criticism of ‘Beauty and Pain’, the new documentary by Laura Poitras (‘Citizenfour’)

Laura Poitras, director of the Oscar-winning film ‘Citizenfour’, signs a new documentary on the artistic activism of de Nan Goldin, on the margins of the normative.

    Nan Goldin managed to make a name for herself in the art world from the scene underground New Yorker who stars in a good part of his photographic work. This cartography is key in ‘Beauty and Pain’, which follows the work and figure of the creator from her fight in recent years against the Sackler clan, responsible for the recent opiate crisis in the United States . Laura Poitras portrays Goldin’s activism as a logical continuation of a career that always moved on the margins of the normative. The photographer now takes advantage of her status to fight from within artistic institutions this criminal gang of billionaires who sponsored them.

    Poitras does not always manage to balance the present documentary monitoring of Goldin’s battle with the PAIN organization against the Sacklers with the moving poetic reconstruction of her career, based on the very powerful memory exercise carried out by the artist herself. But she ends up signing a splendid celebration of art as a form of vital combat from the beauty and pain of otherness.

    To celebrate the work, the figure and the combat of the photographer Nan Goldin

    The best: the weight of the memory of Goldin’s sister, Barbara.

    The worst: the somewhat simplistic drift of the judicial story.


    Address: Laura Poitras Country: USA Year: 2022 Release date: 10–3-2023 Gender: Documentary film Duration: 113 min.

    Synopsis: Follow the life of artist Nan Goldin and her activism against the Sackler pharmaceutical dynasty, responsible for the largest opioid epidemic in US history.

    Source: Fotogramas

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