The first solo exhibition in Ireland by Sophie Calle, the internationally-acclaimed French artist, presents works ranging from 1979 to 2003 alongside new works made specifically for this exhibition. It is the first detailed referencing of the themes the artist has been working on throughout her career.
For over 20 years Calle has exhibited her work in the form of photographic installations and chronicles, whose structure and layout reflect a narrative approach. In the early 1970’s Calle set off on a world trip that lasted seven years. During a stay in California in 1978 she took her first photographs – graves marked Father and Mother – with no professional intent. On her return to Paris she began ‘tailing’ people in the street, recording the results in notebooks containing photographs and texts. Other themes in the exhibition relate to absence, disappearance, loss, deprivation and love.
The exhibition is presented in association with The Irish Times with support from the French Embassy. The exhibition is curated by Christine Macel, Curator, Centre Pompidou, and is organised by the Centre Pompidou, Paris. It will travel to the Martin Groupius-Bau, Berlin and the Ludwig Forum, Aachen.
A catalogue, published by the Centres Pompidou and Xavier Barral Publishers, with essays by Yve-Alain Bois, art historian and writer, Olivier Rolin, writer and Christine Macel, and a contribution by British artist Damien Hirst, accompanies the exhibition (price €74.00).