Sophie Calle, ‘Secrets’, 2014, Galerie Perrotin
Sophie Calle, ‘Secrets’, 2014, Galerie Perrotin
Sophie Calle, ‘Secrets’, 2014, Galerie Perrotin

each safe : 20 x 25 x 20 cm
label : 7 x 10 x 0.3 cm
contract : 35.2 x 47.5 x 2 cm

Signature: Find a couple. Have each other of them tell me a secret.Install two safes if their home. Lock each secret up in its own safe. Keep the codes to myself. The lovers will have to live with the other's secret. Close to hand but out of reach. This work consists of two safes, an accompanying plaque installed in the home of a natural couple and a signed Letter of Agreement. Each safe must contain a secret in an envelope or other container given to Sophie Calle by each person representing one-half of the Couple. Neither half of the Couple has or shall have access to the secret of the other.

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 Switzerland