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Sophie CALLE

France born 1953

Ecrivain public / Public letter writer Raphaèle Decarpigny 2007
Collection Title: from the series Prenez soin de vous (English version)
Materials & Technique: photographs, pigment print, text Edition: edition of 3 (English version) + AP

Dimensions: image 113.0 h x 140.0 w cm text 53.0 h x 53.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2013
Accession No: NGA 2013.4854
Image rights: © Sophie Calle. Licensed by Viscopy
  • Calle’s work engages with documentary modes, but she brings to them an investigative playfulness. Calle is fascinated by the relationship between our public and our private selves. Prenez soin de vous / Take care of yourself is a large multimedia installation piece. The title comes from the last line of the message a boyfriend (possibly) emailed her in June 2004 in order to end the relationship. She asked 107 women to respond to the letter and the resulting works address ideas about love and heartache, gender and intimacy, labour and identity and were far-ranging.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra