SOPHIE CALLE: My mother, my cat, my father, in that order
FraenkelLAB is pleased to present Sophie Calle My mother, my cat, my father, in that order. This is the artist’s third exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery/FraenkelLAB, and it will feature works from her series Autobiographies, which pair short autobiographical texts and photographs.
My mother, my cat, my father, in that order follows upon the deaths of Calle’s aforementioned loved ones, examining loss and absence from the artist’s characteristically unsentimental perspective.
While she may start from autobiographical sources, Calle is known for her work blending reality and fiction, documentary and invention, creating her own genre of visual and written storytelling. She has commented: “I like rituals, to make games, not only in my work but my life…I took this from [my mother].” Calle often uses events from her life as a jumping-off point to explore intimate relationships and familial bonds in her own mischievous and subversive style.
The Autobiographies series combines the artist’s sly, sardonic sense of visual humor with stories that are too peculiar to have been invented. As with much of her work, Calle’s unique form of autobiography can be seen as a form of performance. Forgoing a sense of nostalgia, the artist puts seemingly private events into the public eye, recounting emotional parent-child interactions that are seldom described.