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Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale Ocula Conversation Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the largest Francophone nation in Africa with vast resources and nearly 80 million inhabitants, is a place where commodities play a vital role in the national economy and the country's significance on the world stage. This is the context from which the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale (24 October–24 November...

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Ocula Report
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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline 13 Dec 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

From 20 to 21 July 2019, Artspace Sydney held a two-day symposium that brought artists in conversation with leading curators, writers, activists, academics, diplomats, and journalists from across Asia. The symposium was the final chapter of the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS exhibition, publication, website, and Instagram project. Instigated and...

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We Are Our Infrastructure, Argues Newly Announced Shanghai Biennale Chief Curator Ocula News We Are Our Infrastructure, Argues Newly Announced Shanghai Biennale Chief Curator 13 December 2019

The Power Station of Art will make a fitting location for Andrés Jaque, whose past projects expose the politics concealed by buried pipes and managed cables. Spanish architect, writer, and curator Andrés Jaque has been named the chief curator of the 13th Shanghai Biennale, which will take place at the Power Station of Art (PSA) from 13 November...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy. Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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b. 1953, France

Sophie Calle Biography

The French conceptual artist Sophie Calle is now considered as one of the most important artists of our time. Since the late 1970’s she has been active as a photographer, combining text, image and conceptual installations. Her work amounts to a systematic laying bare of reality, whether it be her own or other people's, with a limited portion left to chance. Absence of others is a central theme in her work. However Calle’s own existence plays an important role in her works. The documentary manner in which she presents her work suggests a high degree of factualness.

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Calle grapples with modes of perception and identification by portraying life in all its diversity, handing over all the problems and questions to the viewer – and thereby, closing the loop, back to life itself – to find the answers. Her works are distinguished by the directness of her formal approach, her narrative skill, the conceptual enrichment they undergo over the course of their creation, and their power to draw in the observer with all his or her abilities and experiences. The uncertainty expressed in her works is what makes them so compelling.

“She uses photography in unique ways – no one else works with photography / text in this outstandingly original way – and she is a constant source of inspiration to younger generations of conceptually working artists.” - Hasselblad Foundation, 2011

Sophie Calle has gained international reputation through participating extensively for close to thirty years in major solo and group exhibitions and Biennials. She was invited to be the official representative of France at the 2007 Venice Biennial. Her project for Venice, Prenez soin de vous was later exhibited again at the Bibliothèque National de France, Richelieu, Paris (2008), at the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Salvador and SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, both Brazil (2009). Further solo exhibitions in 2009 were staged at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles, the Whitechapel Gallery, London (travelling to De Pont–Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherland and Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2010).

A mid-career survey exhibition was showcased at Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany (2005), the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (both 2004), and the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2003). In 2010 she received the Hasselblad Award.

Calle's work is represented in major collections around the world, including: Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Guggenheim; Tate Gallery, London, UK; Los Angeles County Museum, L.A., USA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection.

Sophie Calle Featured Artworks

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Attendez moi (FR) * by Sophie Calle contemporary artwork
Sophie CalleAttendez moi (FR) *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm
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The Breasts (EN) * by Sophie Calle contemporary artwork
Sophie CalleThe Breasts (EN) *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm
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Room with a view (EN) * by Sophie Calle contemporary artwork
Sophie CalleRoom with a view (EN) *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm
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Des journees entieres sous le signe du B, du C, du W (FR) * by Sophie Calle contemporary artwork
Sophie CalleDes journees entieres sous le signe du B, du C, du W (FR) *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm
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Des journees entieres sous le signe du B, du C, du W (EN) * by Sophie Calle contemporary artwork
Sophie CalleDes journees entieres sous le signe du B, du C, du W (EN) *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm
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The plastic surgery (EN) * by Sophie Calle contemporary artwork
Sophie CalleThe plastic surgery (EN) *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm
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Wait for me (EN) * by Sophie Calle contemporary artwork
Sophie CalleWait for me (EN) *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm
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Chambre avec vue (FR) * by Sophie Calle contemporary artwork
Sophie CalleChambre avec vue (FR) *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm
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Sophie Calle Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Sophie Calle, My mother, my cat, my father, in that order at Perrotin, Tokyo
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2 February–10 March 2019 Sophie Calle My mother, my cat, my father, in that order Perrotin, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Sophie Calle, Two projects: 'Parce que' & 'Souris Calle' at Perrotin, Paris
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13 October–22 December 2018 Sophie Calle Two projects: 'Parce que' & 'Souris Calle' Perrotin, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Summer Gallery Highlights at Perrotin, Hong Kong
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21 July–8 September 2018 Group Exhibition Summer Gallery Highlights Perrotin, Hong Kong

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Sophie Calle In Ocula Magazine

Sophie Calle Ocula Conversation Sophie Calle

Born in Paris in 1953, the French conceptual artist Sophie Calle has spent much of her 30-year career portraying the rituals of modern life, particularly those relating to private moments, stripped bare by her narrative skill.  Calle’s projects vary widely from video documentaries to writing stories. Noteworthy works include...

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Sophie Calle In Related Press

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Paris Roundup Related Press Paris Roundup Art Agenda : 27 October 2017

The wide eyes and open mouth of a child are a reminder that, even at art fairs, there is still space for the occasional moment of wonder. The girl has good taste: she's enthralled by Endless (2012), a sculpture by Claire Morgan at the FIAC booth of Galerie Karsten Greve. A three-dimensional grid of dead flies has been suspended in mid-air on...

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All the things we cannot know: Kenneth Baker on Sophie Calle in San Francisco Related Press All the things we cannot know: Kenneth Baker on Sophie Calle in San Francisco The Art Newspaper : 13 July 2017

The French artist Sophie Calle's work almost always satisfies my basic requirements: that art has something to look at plus something to think about. She has worked across many media, but image, text and performance, often sub rosa, remain her principal instruments. She shows how dramatically viewer engagement and depth of content may vary when...

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Great art in the great outdoors Related Press Great art in the great outdoors Victoria Stapley-Brown : 3 May 2017

Spring has sprung—and with it a fresh crop of public and outdoor art projects across New York. This is a special year for such work as it is the 40th anniversary of the Public Art Fund, a non-profit body founded in 1977 by Doris C. Freedman—New York's first director of cultural affairs—with the aim of turning the city into an...

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SOPHIE CALLE TAKES IT TO THE GRAVE Related Press SOPHIE CALLE TAKES IT TO THE GRAVE Interview Magazine : 2 May 2017

Sophie Calle, who is often called France's most famous conceptual artist, and is at the very least its most consistently intrepid, has made a career out of investigating the unseemly and overlooked corners of life: death, obsession, things that have been left behind, people who have been forgotten. In her newest project—in collaboration with...

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Sophie Calle In Video & Audio

Sophie Calle 'Parce que' & 'Souris Calle', Perrotin Paris Related Video & Audio Sophie Calle 'Parce que' & 'Souris Calle', Perrotin Paris Perrotin : 7 December 2018

Vidéo de l'exposition Parce que et Souris Calle à Perrotin Paris13 octobre-22 décembre

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