In a Room Full of Strangers
Since 2010 Nina Katchadourian has staged impromptu artworks in airplane lavatories, using only the materials at her disposal to transform her appearance in the tradition of Renaissance portraiture. For this three-channel video, the artist repurposed her shirt and scarf as well as folded paper towels and toilet-seat covers to construct her attire. She then filmed herself lip-syncing the Bee Gees’ hit “Nights on Broadway” while periodically delivering a deadpan glance at the viewer or her other on-screen personas. Katchadourian operates in the strange space between humor and seriousness, freedom and constraint, animating the ways identity is performed—even in a bathroom stall.
Three-channel video (color, sound), bespoke wood frames; 4 min., 32 sec.
Framed monitor, each: 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
Installed Dimensions, from floor to top of frames: 68 × 57 × 4 in. (172.7 × 144.8 × 10.2 cm) (show scale)
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William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund
© Nina Katchadourian
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Nina Katchadourian (American, born 1968). In a Room Full of Strangers, 2013. Three-channel video (color, sound), bespoke wood frames; 4 min., 32 sec., Framed monitor, each: 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund, 2014.83. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, DIG_E_2015_Diverse_Works_04_2014.83_PS8.jpg)
installation, DIG_E_2015_Diverse_Works_04_2014.83_PS8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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