Sophie Calle

Born in Paris, 1953

Sophie Calle  is a French writer, photographer, installation artist, and conceptual artist.
Her work is distinguished by its use of arbitrary sets of constraints, and evokes the French literary movement of the 1960s known as Oulipo. Her work frequently depicts human vulnerability, and examines identity and intimacy. She is recognized for her detective-like ability to follow strangers and investigate their private lives. Her photographic work often includes panels of text of her own writing.
In the process of secretly investigating, reconstructing or documenting strangers’ lives, Calle manipulates situations and individuals, and often adopts guises. Thus, in the act of pursuing a stranger to Venice, or taking the position of a hotel chamber maid to surreptitiously observe the guests, Calle conditions and recasts her own identity for that period of time. The documents or “evidence” that result from these conceptual projects are presented as photographs, photo-text installations and bookworks.
Calle‘s works often focus on the nature of desire, and on the relationships between the artist/observer and the objects of her investigations.

Sophie Calle: What Remains
One of the most comprehensive presentations in the last fifteen years in Germany by the French conceptual artist
07 Mar 2020 - 07 Jun 2020
Kunstmuseum Ravensburg
Sophie Calle: For the Last and First Time
The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is energetically continuing the exciting new programming...
05 Feb 2015 - 05 May 2015
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC)
Through Women’s Eyes – Sguardo di Donna
The Casa dei Tre Oci presents the work of twenty-five photographers, chosen to direct the viewer’s...
10 Sep 2015 - 10 Jan 2016
Casa dei Tre Oci
Life World. Photography from the CIAC Collection
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo presents Life World, a selection of photographic works from the Collection...
27 Feb 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Sophie Calle: Un Certain Regard
  Artist Sophie Calle‘s pieces combine photography and written words to explore the relationship...
08 Jun 2019 - 25 Aug 2019
Fotomuseum Winterthur
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