During the course of our conversation, he told me he was planning an imminent trip to Venice. Her work redefines what it means to be an artist as not only one who creates, but also one who understands that life in itself, is the greatest form of art. Exhibitions of Calle's work took place at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris; Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium; Videobrasil, SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil; Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and the De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, Netherlands. He has studied art history and photography at the San Francisco Art Institute and creative writing at the University of San Francisco. The work also showcases the way Calle co-opted the world of literature and more specifically fiction, as a tool to create art. The work also showcases the way Calle co-opted the world of literature and more specifically fiction, as a tool to create art. Mar 4, 2017, By Sophie Calle / By The New Yorke r. October 8, 2012. Calle's work is distinguished by its use of arbitrary sets of constraints, and evokes the French literary movement of the 1960s known as Oulipo. For this work, Sophie Calle's destination moved from the romance of Venice to the economically depressed streets of New York's South Bronx. As with much of the artist's work, perhaps L'HÃ´tel says more about Sophie Calle than it does about the anonymous hotel visitors. Sophie Calle: Her(e) but Not Her(e) By Mya M. Mangawang. For the pleasure of following them, not because they particularly interested me. Stripper, stalker, spy, and thief are all roles the quintessentially French Conceptual artist Sophie Calle has placed herself in toward understanding her own and others' physical and emotional biographies. Sophie Calle’s art mixes image and text to provoke the kind of intense emotional response usually inspired by epic literature or film. These stories of objects, love, heartbreak, art, and death find a lovely balance of vulnerability, playfulness, honesty, and strength. The physical evidence of the actions becomes the "artwork" - usually documentary photographs and explanatory texts presented with a coolly detached analyst's eye. ", "Establishing rules and following them is restful. I decided to follow him." This biography is from Wikipedia under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License. The result was a series of photographs taken over a day, featuring portraits of residents of the city in their chosen destinations including a grammar school, a bank, and a patch of land blessed by the Pope. Sophie Calle (b. Paris, France, 1953) uses the mediums of photography, video, film, books, text, and performance to pursue her sociological and autobiographical investigations. Calle's work frequently depicts human vulnerability, using her self and others to examine situations and interactions that blur the lines between personal identity and intimacy. Evoking the aesthetic of earlier Conceptual art, the work documents details of the lives of others, or more precisely the lives of anonymous guests of a Venetian hotel as seen by the artist herself, posing as a chambermaid at the hotel for several weeks in the Spring of 1981. The books and articles below constitute a bibliography of the sources used in the writing of this page. The artist is highly recognized for her detective-like ability to follow strangers and investigate their private lives. May 15, 2014, By Ossian Ward / A way not to have to think - to be trapped in a game and to follow it. Sophie Calle: stalker, stripper, sleeper, spy, Interview, Sophie Calle: 'What attracts me is absence, missing, death...', As Maman Lay Dying, Her Spirit Became Art, Strangers, secrets and desire: the surreal world of Sophie Calle, The first time I used in a text the words 'climate change', Sophie Calle Interview with Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick, Lecture By Sophie Calle at California College of the Arts, L'HÃ´tel, Chambre 47 (The Hotel, Room 47) (1981). In the late 1970s, finding herself at loose ends in Paris, she started playing games with unwitting strangers. The stream of consciousness writing and photography of Suite VÃ©nitienne adds to the obscurity of its premise, prompting more questions than it answers, an ambiguous stance that is key to much of Sophie Calle's work. I had a diary and started to record who I followed and where they went.