The Last Image. Blind with pole
The Last Image. Blind with pole
The Last Image. Blind with pole
The Last Image. Blind with pole
The Last Image. Blind with pole

INTRODUCTION: I met blind people. Nine men and four women. Most of them had lost sight suddenly, the others gradually. I asked them to describe the last image they saw. I photographed them. I tried, whenever possible, to reproduce or recreate this last image. I looked at Istanbul through their eyes. TEXT OF THE WORK : September 1999. My sight was getting steadily worse. Two images follow each other closely. I am walking along the main street in Kadiköy. Dazzled by the sun, I see an obstacle ahead of me: something grey? A post? I put out my arm to avoid it and my wife starts screaming and slaps me. I have grabbed her thigh. The other image is the cigarette stub I can’t see. I am sweeping the barracks yard. I see a cigarette stub, I bend down, it disappears. Three times it appears and disappears. And then the ground goes too.

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

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
Mark My Words, Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York
2015
The Venetians, Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York
2015
Icon(s), Maison Particulière, Brussels