Sophie Calle - Detective 2

“The Shadow”

“In April 1981, at my request, my mother went to a detective agency. She hired them to follow me, to report my daily activities, and to provide photographic evidence of my existence.” (Sophie Calle. Double Game. With the Participation of Paul Auster, London 1999)

In «The Shadow» she sets the detective’s photographic account against her own observations: the observer becomes the observed. The viewer is the third witness. This search for her own identity fails to reveal a clear picture here, too. Sophie Calle’s face does not appear in any of the pictures: her figure emerges like a shadow throughout the detective’s photographs.

(source: http://www.hausderkunst.de/englisch/aus/daten_pages/0008.html)

Sophie Calle – is a French artist, writer and photographer. Her work raises a lots of question marks. She explores what it is to be an observer and to be observed. She stalks. She is a voyeur.

I liked to think of it as an external study of the self. In a sense, she was both engaged and dis-engaged with the process of psychogeography, although in this case it was done by proxy. By hiring unknowing collaborators to track her every move, she was being physically followed and stalked, but I feel that on another level she was the one stalking their psychological state. Through their photographs of her, she could stare back into the eye of the photographer.

Sophie Calle -Detective 1


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