Nan Goldin organizes protest at the Victoria & Albert Museum

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Artist and activist Nan Goldin met with members of the Sackler PAIN protest group at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, in yet another demonstration against ties between cultural institutions and the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, responsible for manufacturing the drug. OxyContin – powerful opioid responsible for a profound public health crisis in the United States.

On Saturday, 11/16, the group addressed the museum's director, Tristram Hunt, who said in July that he was "proud" of the Sacklers' support of the museum. The Sackler name adorns the V&A's new courtyard, which opened to the public in 2017 as part of a major renovation paid for in part by Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation. About 24 gathered, chanting phrases like “5 dead every day, shame on you V&A”, and then staged scenes of death in the courtyard. They also threw pill bottles at the museum door and “blood money” – fake banknotes stained red. 

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