"In my work I repurpose Do-It-Yourself videos that I find online, made and circulated through social media. I work with media that is considered the throw-away junk of mass produced technological culture to create montages that materialize flows and patterns in some of the narratives and identities that we perform online, locating tropes and commonalities and giving new social shape and form to individual expression."
"I look at my source material as a new form of portraiture or pubic self-presentation that reveals tensions between the mass produced and the homemade, between the private and the public, between isolation and sociality, where people turn their private spaces into public platforms and emphatically recite scripts that they internalize from mass media, sometimes word for word."
Natalie Bookchin's videos and installations explore new forms of documentary, addressing conditions of mass connectivity and isolation and exploring the stories we are telling about ourselves and the world. Her work is exhibited widely, including at LACMA, PS1, Mass MOCA, the Generali Foundation, the Walker Art Center, the Pompidou Centre, MOCA Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum, the Tate, and Creative Time. She has received numerous grants and awards, including from Creative Capital, California Arts Council, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, California Community Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, Daniel Langlois Foundation, a COLA Artist Fellowship and most recently, two awards from The Center for Cultural Innovation. In 1999-2000 Bookchin organized "net.net.net", an eight month series of lectures and workshops on art, activism and the Internet at CalArts, MOCA in LA, and Laboratorio Cinematek in Tijuana. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is on the faculty of the Photography & Media Program at CalArts.