Sophie Calle

The artist uses ATM surveillance footage, safes, and police mugshots to explore questions about privacy, violence, and love.

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by Sophie Calle, to be presented from October 29 – December 24, 2015. Calle uses photography, text, and video to pursue her sociological and autobiographical investigations. Her exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery focuses on four bodies of work in which the artist delves into the nature of love, violence, secrets, and death.

Secrets, 2014
silver plate, legal contract, two safes, 8 x 10 x 8 inches (each safe) [20.3 x 25.4 x 20.3 cm]

Find a couple.
Have each of them tell me a secret.
Install two safes in their home.
Lock each secret up in its own safe.
Keep the codes to myself.
The lovers will have to live with the other’s secret
close at hand but out of reach.

Writing is often integral to Calle’s work, as in her 2014 triptych Suicide (also on view), in which photographs of dark ripples on the surface of black water are accompanied by text sandblasted on glass: “They say the police can distinguish between people who drown themselves for love and those who drown themselves for money…”

Cash Machine, 1991/2003

Featured in this exhibition will be two series incorporating portraits from ‘ready-made’ sources and addressing themes of privacy and violence. Calle’s Cash Machine photographs are made from ATM video surveillance footage, and each work is exhibited as a sequence of two to eleven images.

Collateral Damage. Targets (4) (Dommages collatéraux, Coeur de Cible), 1990 – 2003

An Evening with Sophie Calle: in Conversation with Lawrence Rinder
Duration: 00:28:03 | Release Date: Oct 2015

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