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Catharine Clark Gallery – Online presentation of Nina Katchadourian’s “Orientation Video” (2020)
Catharine Clark Gallery’s online debut of Nina Katchadourian’s “Orientation Video” (2020) tells the compelling and complex story of the artist’s 45-year engagement with the book Survive the Savage Sea, the true story of the Robertsons, a family of farmers in England who sold all their possessions to buy a sailboat, with the intent of sailing around the world for several years. In June 1972, the Robertsons lost their sailboat in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean when a pod of Orca smashed the hull, leaving the four adults and two children adrift for 38 days; Katchadourian’s Orientation Video tells the family’s story, as well as the artist’s own creative response to the book’s core themes of isolation, uncertainty, and survival.
Nina Katchadourian, composite of stills from Orientation Video, 2020; single-channel video with sound. Edition of 10 + 2AP; 6:28 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco