French contemporary artist Sophie Calle has a new solo exhibition, "Pour la dernière et pour la première fois," at the Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery in Paris's Marais neighbourhood. Calle, arguably one of the most important female artists of our time, explores intimate subjects and invariably produces emotionally intense and profoundly moving work (the exhibition "Rachel, Monique" about the death of her mother at Palais de Tokyo was particularly powerful).
Here, "La Dernière Image" (The Last Image) is a series of 13 works in which Calle documents how several blind men and women lost their site. Alongside a portrait of each person is the text recounting the story of how they became blind and a photograph of the last memory they have of the visible world. We see the final images of a doctor, a minibus and a sunset and read of poignant first person accounts of the moments leading up to the loss of sight. Also on display are a collection of 14 films, "Voir la Mer" (To see the sea) in which Calle documents the reactions of people from inland Turkey as they see the sea for the first time. The collection of works, examining the power of image, vision, memory and nostalgia create a moving exhibition of the type we have come to expect from the excellent Sophie Calle. Not to be missed.
Sophie Calle - Pour la dernière et pour la première fois
76 rue de Turenne, 75003
8th September - 27th October 2012