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At a protest last week, Nan Goldin was arrested. Goldin, the American photographer, best known for portraying LGBT bodies and her work The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986) explorating post-Stonewall gay subculture, founded PAIN Sackler to highlight the ways the art industry has been funded by the Sackler family. Sackler, the 19th richest family in the US, made their money through the highly addictive opiate, OxyContin, prescribed to millions of Americans leading to widespread addiction to the drug. It is estimated that over 130 people a day die in the US, and Goldin herself became addicted to the drug after being prescribed OxyContin.
Goldin and her fellow activists were protesting outside Governor Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, to demand he authorise policies passed by the Mayor, including plans to create safe injection sites, which have been held up by Cuomo for over a year.
Due to Goldin’s pressure, a number of art institutions have stopped accepting funding from the SaNan Goldin arrested at New York protestckler family, including the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Tate and the National Portrait Gallery.