May 21st, 2015
In See the Sea, Sophie Calle invited inhabitants of Istanbul, who often originated from central Turkey, to see the sea for the first time. Each person is filmed from behind, facing the sea. Listening to the distant sound of waves, we are simultaneously also invited to gaze at the sea. After several minutes the person filmed turns around to face the camera, revealing the emotions the experience has procured. Based on the exhibition, the catalogue features photographs of the people, brought together by a single event: In Istanbul, a city surrounded by sea, I met people who had never seen it and filmed them for the first time. Sophie Calle once more refers the gaze back to its own experiences, reminding us that even the simplest things in life can be exceptional, while inviting us to rediscover our daily lives.
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Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place.