Airplane lavatory-inspired art

No fewer than eight people sent me a link to Nina Katchadourian’s artwork this week, and thank-goodness!


On her website, Katchadourian says she improvises with materials close at hand and that her Seat Assignment project consists of photographs, video, and digital images all made while in flight – and all with nothing more than a camera phone.

“The project began spontaneously on a flight in March 2010 and is ongoing. At present, over 2500 photographs and video, made on more than 70 different flights to date, constitute the raw material of the project.”

For the photographs in the Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style portion of the project, she says:

While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror using my cellphone. The image evoked 15th-century Flemish portraiture. I decided to add more images made in this mode and planned to take advantage of a long-haul flight from San Francisco to Auckland, guessing that there were likely to be long periods of time when no one was using the lavatory on the 14-hour flight.

Here’s a sample of what she came up with.

Katchadourian’s Seat Assignment exhibit is on view from April 14 through May 26, 2012 at the Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.Find more here.

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