SOPHIE CALLE. MODUS VIVENDI
I first became interested in Sophie Calle in my 20s (perhaps a decade ago) after my degree, when my practise was in collage- collecting documents, receipts and text surrounding various experiances and people. I moved in this direction after being involved in sound and projection & to not having the equipment initially .
David Kefford pointed me in the direction of her work.
Just resently I was considering her work as an idea of mine developed in my sketch book tgat was not only site responsive but also involved people, documenting aswel as thinking of creative / situational and it reminded me to revisit her work along with a few others.
I was really supprised to see her new work.
Bold and strong- larger in size yet discussing again, 'the persona'l and vunrability of humans . The first part of the show was ourstandly impressive - what it means to individuals to blind.
Really, really moving work. Esp her video peice. Voir la Mer 2011.
"I went to Istanbul . City surrounded by water , I met people who lived tgere and had never seen the sea. I filmed tgere first time."
I thought her composition and directing of this peice was very strong - I liked how tgey faced away from the camera at first - making the viewer close their own eyes or consider not seeing tgere eyes and tgem never seeing ours. We also question wether tgey can see or are they imagining tge sea with sound and force of the wind.
I liked that tge whole show nearly was all in French - a reminder she is French and creates in French and I am outside England. Text translated everything well.
The gallery , ( LA VIRREINA- centre de la image) was set off the promand - a stunning Building.
Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place.