Category: Sophie Calle

Sophie Calle: The Paradoxical Nature Of Life And Post-Structuralism

To the casual observer, Sophie Calle’s artwork might seem on the surface, unassuming, even uninteresting; those documentary style photographs and their clinical, matter-of-fact descriptions are devoid of ‘wow-ness’ or visual stimulation demanded by most present-day casual art viewers, and belie the philosophical meaning and social commentaries contained within. This paradoxical nature is present in all her projects and indeed most of her life; what seems unassuming, is in fact meaningful, what seems blind is in fact quite visionary. The essence is in the language and syntax.

With a deep rooted resistance to conformity, she did what most would consider absurd, unthinkable and definitely ‘foolish’; she opened up her own private bedroom for strangers to come and sleep in, The Sleepers / Les Dormeurs (1979) , and started following and photographing people on the street, Suite Venitienne (1980).

Suite Venitienne (1980) Sophie Calle
Suite Venitienne (1980) Sophie Calle
The Shadow (1981) Sophie Calle
The Shadow (1981) Sophie Calle

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