Sophie Calle


Sophie Calle (born 1953) is an internationally acclaimed French contemporary artist.

Highly conceptual in her approach, the artist’s projects often begin with material from her own life and imagination. Since the 1970s, her practice has engaged with the boundaries of private versus public consciousness. 

Calle’s work is ambitious and interdisciplinary, often taking the form of books and installations that combine photography, video, text, and participatory performance. She returns to themes of intimacy and absence, exposing her own vulnerability on her own terms. 

This diptych of her parents‚Äô gravestones is a beautiful example of the artist‚Äôs fascination with death and desire. These dark concepts are not taken lightly, yet Calle never fails to insert her provocative sense of humor. In this photographic pair, her father‚Äôs gravestone sinks out of the frame with only the word ‚Äúfat‚ÄĚ seen in the crop. These precious photographs are gelatin silver prints mounted to aluminum in unique exhibition frames by the artist.¬†

Her explorations of grief have continued throughout her prolific career. In 2007, Calle turned her camera towards her mother‚Äôs deathbed. What followed was a seven-year project entitled Rachel Monique dedicated to her mother‚Äôs life and a public mourning of her death. In her book And So Forth Calle writes about the impetus; ‚ÄúMy mother liked to be the object of discussion. Her life did not appear in my work, and that annoyed her‚ÄĚ.¬†

Her installations, performances, and retrospective exhibitions have been shown internationally and her work belongs in major collections including the Tate and the Museum of Modern Art. 

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“Les Tombes: Father, Mother" 

France, 1990


Gelatin silver prints flush-mounted on aluminum in artist’s frames.

Numbered and dated 

From an edition of 7

22"H 14.5"W (work)

23"H 15.5"W (framed)

Very good condition.

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