Biography: Nina Katchadourian (born 1968) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago, where she still spends part of each year. She received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Visual Arts and Literature and Society from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego. Throughout her varied art-making practice—which includes photography, sculpture, video, and sound—the artist has explored systems, structures, codes, language, and communication.
Katchadourian’s work has been exhibited in solo and groups exhibitions domestically and abroad at venues such as Artist’s Space in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, among many others. She has received commissions for public works of art by the Public Art Fund in New York, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona. In 2006, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, presented Opener 11: Nina Katchadourian: All Forms of Attraction, a 10-year retrospective with an accompanying monograph. In February 2010, she was the artist in residence at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in New Zealand, where she presented a solo exhibition entitled Seat Assignment. Katchadourian has received multiple grants and awards—including an Anonymous Was a Woman, NYFA, and Tiffany Foundation awards—and her work is included in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, and the Wanås Foundation in Sweden, among others. Katchadourian is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.