Nina Katchadourian: Aeroplane Toilet Self-Portraits

On October 12, 2013 by Lazer Horse

Nina Katchadourian - Dutch Painting - Aeroplane Toilet Portrait 7

Nina Katchadourian is a photographer and general all round artist. She was born in California but spent a lot of time on a small Finnish island during her youth which is maybe what gave her this odd slant on things.

The following project is a strange project for sure but I like it: each selfie is taken in the loo of an aeroplane and is an effort to recreate the vibe of a 15th century Dutch painting. And she pretty much nails it. Nina started the project in 2010 and according to her it’s ongoing, so look out for updates.

It’s a simple idea, masterfully executed. Well done. Nina Katchadourian has also exhibited around the world from Finland to Japan but, even without looking at her other work, I know these will remain my favourites.

Scrub that, I just had a look at some of her other stuff and it’s pretty cool too. So I’ll show you some underneath these bog pics. First here’s the 15th century Dutch airplane toilet stuff:

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So, I liked them, I think it’s the serious face/silly idea combo that does it. And bog roll on the head is always pretty funny, because it’s for wiping your bum bum, not dressing up with. This is how Wikipedia describes her art, because I don’t feel well enough versed in it to comment myself:

Underlying concept is often marked by an intrinsic sense of humor, characterized by a whimsical, intelligent, ironic and systemic reordering of natural processes. Her work is simple yet effective.

Correct.

Here’s some of Nina Katchadourian’s other photos, queue wry smile:

Nina Katchadourian - Artificial Insemination

Artificial Insemination

Nina Katchadourian - Dutch Painting - Mended Spider Web

Mended Spider Web

Nina Katchadourian - Moss Map - Australia

Moss Map – Australia

Nina Katchadourian - Natural Cross Dressing

Natural Cross Dressing

Nina Katchadourian - Renovated Mushroom

Renovated Mushroom

Nina Katchadourian - Sorted Books - Picasso

Sorted Books – Picasso

Nina Katchadourian - Sorted Books

Sorted Books

Nina Katchadourian - Too Late

Too Late

If you want to see any more of Nina’s work click here, there’s lots to see including sculpture, photography, video, and sound. So have a rummage around.

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