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Sophie Calle / French Pavilion / 52nd Venice Biennale

July 10, 2007

Sophie Calle: Take care of yourself, French Pavilion, 52nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale. “When chosen to exhibit in the French Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale, Sophie Calle put an ad in the newspaper to recruit ‘an enthusiastic person to act as exhibition curator’. This method of selection is well and truly part of Sophie Calle’s artistic approach; from around 200 replies, she chose Daniel Buren to assist with her project: Take care of yourself.”… “I received an email telling me it was over. I didn’t know how to answer. It was as if it wasn’t meant for me. It ended with the words: Take care of yourself. I took this recommendation literally. I asked hundred and two women, chosen for their profession, to interpret the letter in their professional capacity. To analyze it, provide a commentary on it, act it, dance it, sing it. Dissect it. Squeeze it dry. Understand for me. Answer for me. It was a way to take the time to break up. At my own pace. A way to take care of myself.” (from the PR (pdf)). Worldshaking. Venice, Italy, June 8, 2007.
Pre-/Reviews at Studio International, Edward Winkleman, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Der Spiegel, Art Fairs International, Time blog, Guardian Unlimited.

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One Response to “Sophie Calle / French Pavilion / 52nd Venice Biennale”

  1. Art MoCo Meta « …ambush… Says:
    July 25th, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    [...] care of yourself” and Calle asked 200 women of various professions to interpret this statement. Vernissage TV has a short video of the [...]

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