Sophie Calle, ‘The Blind. At home" / "Les Aveugles. Chez moi’, 1986, Perrotin

I met people who were born blind. Who had never seen. I asked them what their image of beauty was.

My place is beautiful. I did everything by myself. I chose the lamps, the carpets, the paintings, the objects, the mirrors, the plants. I thought out the arrangement of the furniture. I wanted a blue ceiling in my room: it's more intimate, warmer. I matched it with the carpet. The colors were the only thing I asked advice about. I didn't want it to be in bad taste.

J'ai rencontré des gens qui sont nés aveugles. Qui n'ont jamais vu. Je leur ai demandé quelle est pour eux l'image de la beauté.

Chez moi, c'est beau. J'ai tout décoré seule. J'ai choisi les lampes, la moquette, les tableaux, les objets, les miroirs, les plantes. J'ai pensé la place des meubles. J'ai souhaité un plafond bleu dans la chambre: c'est plus intime, plus chaud. Je l'ai assorti à la moquette. Il n'y a que sur les couleurs que j'ai demandé conseil, j'avais peur de faire des faute de goût.

Series: 1/1 FR + 1 complete set

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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