Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, 76 rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
September 8 - October 27, 2012

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Sophie Calle, “Pour la dernière et pour la première fois”

The new solo exhibition by Sophie Calle “Pour la dernière et pour la première fois” will be presented at Galerie Perrotin, Paris from September 8th to October 27th 2012. A set of 14 recent films entitled “Voir la mer” (2011) and a new series “La Dernière Image” (“The Last Image”) shot in 2010 in Istanbul will be displayed, alongside with older photographs, “Aveugles” (“Blind”), 1986.

“La Dernière Image” (“The Last Image”), 2010

Photographs, texts, frames. 13 separated works

‘I went to Istanbul. I spoke to blind people, most of whom had lost their sight suddenly. I asked them to describe the last thing they saw.’

“The Last Image”, realised in 2010 in Istanbul, once named the “city of the blind”, gives voice to men and women who have lost their sight and asks them to describe the last image they remember, their last memory of the visible world.

“Voir la mer”, 2011

7 colour videos. Director of photography : Caroline Champetier

‘I went to Istanbul, a city surrounded by water, I met people who had never seen the sea. I filmed their first time.’

In “Voir la mer” Sophie Calle has invited people from Istanbul, most of whom coming from the interior of Turkey, to see the sea for the first time, through the lens of Caroline Champetier’s camera.

For more than three decades, Sophie Calle, has made of her life – espe­cially the most intimate moments – her works, using all forms of media (books, videos, photographs, performances…). She is now considered as one of the most important artists of our time.

“Blind” has been published recently by Actes Sud and “Moi Aussi” has been launched by Éditions 591 on the series “Rituel d’Anniversaire”. The book issued by Xavier Barral extends the exhibition “Rachel, Monique”, presented at the Palais de Tokyo in 2010 and at the Festival d’Avignon in 2012 at Eglise des Célestins.

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