Airplane Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style

Seat Assignment, Lavatory Self Portraits in the Flemish Style by Nina Katchadourian

To pass the time during long flights, artist Nina Katchadourian goes to the lavatory, adorns herself in tissue paper costume, and creates hilarious self-portrait photos in the style of Flemish Renaissance paintings. She calls the series “Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style.”

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. 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. I made several forays to the bathroom from my aisle seat, and by the time we landed I had a large group of new photographs entitled Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style.

Seat Assignment, Lavatory Self Portraits in the Flemish Style by Nina Katchadourian

Seat Assignment, Lavatory Self Portraits in the Flemish Style by Nina Katchadourian

Seat Assignment, Lavatory Self Portraits in the Flemish Style by Nina Katchadourian

Seat Assignment, Lavatory Self Portraits in the Flemish Style by Nina Katchadourian

Seat Assignment, Lavatory Self Portraits in the Flemish Style by Nina Katchadourian

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