Portraits in Airline Seatbelt Buckles

Here at Neatorama we love the work of the Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian. We’ve seen her re-arrange book titles to create stories, mend real spider webs with sewing thread and, most famously, re-create old Flemish-style portraits using materials found in airplane bathrooms.

Her latest project is called “Seat Assignment.” She’s back on airplanes again. But this time, she’s staying in her seat. Ms. Katchadourian took photos of fellow travelers in the reflections of shiny seatbelt buckles. The project spanned 107 flights between March 2010 and August 2013. She first exhibited the project in 2011 in New Zealand, making most of it on the way:

Since I had 22 hours of flight time from New York to get to the Dunedin I proposed to make the bulk of the work for the exhibition on the way there. In the exhibition, two of the three galleries focused on work made entirely en route.

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