Sophie Calle, ‘Dead in a good mood’, 2013, Perrotin

Read in my mother's diary : December 28, 1985 - No use investing in the tenderness of my children, between Antoine's placid indifference and Sophie's selfish arrogance ! My only consolation is, she is so morbid that she will come visit me in my grave more often than on Rue Boulard. May 29, 1986 - I don't remember to whom I said yesterday over the phone, about myself : "She came from nothing-and left jaded about everything !" September 9, 1986 - I still dont't know whether I want to be cremated or buried. Funny how I can't imagine that happening to me at all! April 28, 1987- Good bye, Diary! I'm off to New-York. Let's hope it will all be wonderful. If the plane crashes, here's a cheery farewell to life! November 10, 1988 - I slowly get used to my depression; slighted, it slowly backs away. June 6, 1989 - Abominable. January 1, 1990 - "To have accomplished nothing and to die overworked." (Cioran) April 1, 1990 - No, I'm not depressed, nor bitter, but I am terribly bored, without purpose or project or vision, "I feel that I am just a ruined tomb in which my virtues and illusions lie." February 21, 1995 - Nothing! Except nursing my sorrow. December 11, 1995 - I would already like Christmas to be over. Or perhaps I'd like my life to be over. December 10, 1996 - Dear Diary(possibly the last volume thereof), good-bye. I didn't give you much, and you returned the compliment... One of the notebooks was undated and the pages were blank, except for a few notes about how to use the VCR, and this sentence : "I died in a very good mood."

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About Sophie Calle

A controversial figure as well as one of France’s leading conceptual artists, Sophie Calle explores her own psychological and emotional terrain in multimedia works, probing ideas of control, freedom, gender, intimacy, and distance in human relationships. Perhaps her most contentious work, Address Book (1983) was inspired by an address book that Calle found on the street, photographed, and sent back to its owner. She then rang the numbers in the book to assemble a portrait of the owner, turning the results into a multimedia installation. For Take Care of Yourself (2007), which was exhibited in the French pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale, Calle invited 107 women from various walks of life to interpret and assess a breakup note the artist received in an email. In a range of media including photographic portraits, textual analysis, and filmed performances, women pore over the emotional content of the email; contributions include a clairvoyant’s response, a scientific study, and a child’s fairytale.

French, b. 1953, Paris, France, based in Malakoff, France

Group Shows

New York,
Perrotin Bookstore NYC
Casa Tre Oci, 
Venice, Italy,
Sguardo Di Donna, La Passione e il Corragio [The Female Gaze — The Passion and the Courage]
GASK - Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, 
Kutna Hora, Czechia,
Images For Images (Artists fir Tichy)
Berlinische Galerien - Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur, 
Berlin, Germany,
Berlin 89/90 – Kunst zwischen Spurensuche und Utopie
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