Nina Katchadourian was born in Stanford, California and grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago, where she still spends part of each year. Her work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video, and sound, and often involves whimsical insertions into everyday scenarios, interacting with nature or maps. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as MoMA PS1, New York; the Serpentine Gallery, London; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Artists Space, New York; SculptureCenter, New York; and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
In 2006, the Turku Art Museum in Finland featured a solo show of works made in Finland, and later that year the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs exhibited a 10-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled All Forms of Attraction. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presented a solo show of her recent video installation works in July 2008. In February 2010, she was the artist-in-residence at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she had a solo show entitled Seat Assignment. She is currently at work on a permanent public piece, commissioned by the General Services Administration (GSA), for a border crossing station between the U.S. and Canada. Katchadourian is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.