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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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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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Sophie Calle

b. 1953, France

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.

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

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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
Perrotin
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
Perrotin
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
Perrotin
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
Perrotin
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
Perrotin
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
Perrotin
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
Perrotin
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
Perrotin

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Sophie Calle, My mother, my cat, my father, in that order at Perrotin, Tokyo
Closed
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
Closed
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
Closed
21 July–8 September 2018 Group Exhibition Summer Gallery Highlights Perrotin, Hong Kong

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Sophie Calle Ocula Conversation Sophie Calle Artist, France

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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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 open...

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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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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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