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Nina Katchadourian

Artist, Nina Katchadourian, photographed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for Artist Project 2015 episode. Nina was photographed walking throught eh ANE galleries, the great hall balcony, and in the European paintings galleries in front of the Memling Portraits. © 2014 MMA, photographed by Jackie Neale

Date and place of birth
b. 1968, Stanford, CA
Current location
Brooklyn, NY & Berlin, Germany
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2005, Collaborator

Nina Katchadourian is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She works with photography, sculpture, video, and sound—often in playful ways. She is best known for her “Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style,” a series of self-portraits taken in airplane bathrooms.

Katchadourian’s video “Accent Elimination” was included at the 2015 Venice Biennale in the Armenian pavilion, which won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.

Group exhibitions have included shows at the Serpentine Gallery, Turner Contemporary, de Appel, Palais de Tokyo, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turku Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, ICA Philadelphia, Brooklyn Museum, Artists Space, SculptureCenter, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library, and MoMA PS1.

A solo museum survey of Katchadourian’s work entitled “Curiouser” opened at the Blanton Museum in 2017 and traveled to the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University and the BYU Art Museum. An accompanying monograph, also entitled “Curiouser,” is available from Tower Books.

Katchadourian completed a commission entitled “Floater Theater” for the Exploratorium in San Francisco in 2016 which is now permanently on view. In 2016 Katchadourian created “Dust Gathering,” an audio tour on the subject of dust, for the Museum of Modern Art as part of their program “Artists Experiment.

Katchadourian’s work is public and private collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Blanton Museum of Art, Morgan Library, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Margulies Collection, and Saatchi Gallery.

She has won grants and awards from the the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Gronqvista Foundation, and the Nancy Graves Foundation.

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