Grizedale Arts


Nina Katchadourian

Born 1967.

At Grizedale

Nina was one of the American artists included in ‘Romantic Detachment’. With Brian Dewan and Doug Skinner she made the CD, ‘Patient Island’, an album in tribute to Roosevelt Island’s history as a repository for the sick, the indgnent and the criminal. In the early 19th century it was claimed that the rural setting provided an environment conducive to healing and rehabilitation. However the conditions between increasingly overcrowded and miserable, and the line between patient and inmate was a fine one.

Otherwise Nina is principally a photographer, working with themes of classification and collections and their eccentricities, best exemplified by her ongoing 'Sorted Books' project (1993–present). She also makes sculpture and video.

Project Contributions



Selected Shows

Solo Exhibitions
2010 Sorted Books, Clifford Art Gallery, Hamilton, NY, USA
2008 Cerca Series, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, USA
2005 Sorting Strindberg, IASPIS Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2002 Natural Car Alarms, Sculpture Center, New York, NY, USA

Group Exhibitions
2010 Book Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
2010 Adaptation, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
2008 Montage: Unmonumental Online, New Museum, New York, NY, USA