Nan Goldin has lately been in the headlines due to her role in Laura Poitras' Oscar-nominated documentary All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, which follows the advocacy group P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now), which Goldin started in 2017 after recovering from her own drug addiction. The protest group's objective is to have the majority of art institutions refuse any money from the influential Sackler family, who manufacture OxyContin, the addictive opioid painkiller that has caused an upsurge in the opioid addiction problem that has plagued the United States for many years.
The documentary also delves into Goldin's personal life, particularly her involvement in political activism. Her work has been shown in several art institutions linked with her organisation P.A.I.N., and the Sackler family's name was even omitted from the artwork.
Memory Lost, a new piece she developed in 2019, displays a slideshow of pictures that highlight the influence and impact of drug addiction and subsequent withdrawal through distorted sights and gloomy graphics, demonstrating how it creates loneliness and isolation. An emotionally charged music by Mica Levi and an operatic work by Soundwalk Collective accompany the presentation.