Sophie Calle, ‘Faire Part’, 2012, Perrotin
Sophie Calle, ‘Faire Part’, 2012, Perrotin

Monique wanted to see the sea one last time. On Tuesday, January 31, we went to Cabourg. The last journey. The next day, "so my feet look nice when I go" : the last pedicure. She read Ravel by Jean Echenoz. The last book. A man she had long admired but never met came to bedside. making a friend for the last time. She organized the funeral ceremony : her last party. Final preparations : she chose her funeral dress, - navy blue pattern with a white pattern - ; a photograph showing her making a face for the tombstone, and her epitaph : I'm getting bored already! She wrote a last poem, for her burial. She chose Montparnasse cemetery as her final address. She didn't want to die. She said this was the first time in her life she didn't mind waiting. She shed her last tears. The day before her death, she kep repeating : "It's odd, It's so stupid." She listened to the Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622. For the last time. Her last wish : to leave with the music of Mozart in her ears. Her last request ; for us not to worry. "Ne vous faites pas de souci." Souci was her last word. On March 15, 2006, at 3 P.M., the last smile. The last breath, somewhere between 3:02 and 3:13. Impossible to capture.

Image rights: Courtesy Galerie Perrotin

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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