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Seat assignment: lavatory self portraits in the Flemish style

Back home and having recently climbed out of an airplane myself, I can clearly see the motivation for this performance art.

To pass the time on long flights artist Nina Katchadourian adorns herself with materials available in the airplane bathroom in a ongoing collection that began in 2010 she calls “Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self Portraits in the Flemish Style”. So fantastic- but how does she manage to keep a straight face?

How it all began: 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.


  1. Patch

    April 16, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Lol! I didn’t actually realise what was going on until I got to the one with the cushion thing.

  2. noelleodesigns

    April 17, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I think the cushion/neck supporter one is my favorite.

  3. Charlotte's Plot

    April 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Just discovered your blog, and I’ve been having fun looking around (my 12-year-old loved the hunger games stuff). I think the cushion/neck one is my favourite too. it’s partly the expression on her face, as you say, how on earth does she manage to keep a straight face?

  4. shawnmichelle72

    April 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    lol! That’s great! I love people like her. There always the best kind of people to be around. I wish there were more out there like that.

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