Sophie Calle Missing
Jun 29th Through Aug 20th
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) is pleased to present Sophie Calle’s Missing, a large-scale exhibition curated by Ars Citizen of the internationally acclaimed French artist. Featuring four of Calle’s most prominent projects, the exhibition is her most extensive to date in the United States.
Conceived as a journey, Missing gathers five of Sophie Calle’s major projects – itinerant since their creation – into a site-responsive presentation across the historic and scenic FMCAC campus on the San Francisco waterfront. The corpus offers an overview of Calle’s art since the 1980s, and includes her iconic projects spanning the last decade: Take Care of Yourself, Rachel Monique and Voir la mer.
Unveiling through a narrative of intimate stories, both personal and collective, Missing emphasizes the analogy of mother and sea (“mère” and “mer” in French), while proposing a reflection on the universal concepts of disappearance, loss and absence, central in the artist’s work and exploration.
Rachel Monique (2007)—Installed in the former U.S. Army Chapel, the poignant and poetic multimedia installation features the personality and final moments of Sophie Calle’s mother.
Take Care of Yourself (2007)—Located in Gallery 308, Take Care of Yourself documents 107 women interpreting a break-up letter Calle received from an ex-lover. This body of work was originally created for the French Pavilion of the 2007 Venice Biennale.
Voir la mer (2011)—In the Firehouse, which offers a stunning view of the San Francisco Bay, viewers will experience the film installation featuring residents of Istanbul, Turkey, seeing the ocean for the first time.
Also displayed in the Firehouse, The Last Image (2010) is a series of photographs and texts that portrays the last visual memory of blind people.
Sophie Calle Missing will be open and free to the public from June 29, 2017 through August 20, 2017.
Ars Citizen is curating parallel programs in partnership with leading San Francisco Bay Area cultural and educational institutions. They will include a conversation with Calle at FMCAC; a screening of Calle’s film and video works at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) with a conversation between the artist and Lawrence Rinder, Director of BAMPFA; a presentation and book signing with Calle at City Lights Bookstore; and a Sophie Calle film anthology at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater. On the occasion of the event, Fraenkel Gallery will also present a special exhibition by Sophie Calle at FraenkelLAB. Additional events and details to come.
About Sophie Calle
The French conceptual artist Sophie Calle (b. Paris 1953, lives and works in Malakoff, France) has exhibited extensively around the globe since the late 1970’s. For almost four decades, she has produced a singular body of work merging image and text and revealing a narrative approach that eliminates the frontiers between intimate and public, fact and fiction, art and life. Highly autobiographical, her art and exploration embrace the universal and challenging concept of absence. Her projects are elaborated by creating a vast system of echoes and internal references, allowing us to read them today not as a simple accumulation of titles but as connected chapters of a total and absolute artwork.
Sophie Calle has exhibited at leading international museums including in the United States at the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. A retrospective of her work premiered at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris in 2003, and toured to museums in Berlin and Dublin. In 2007, she was the official representative of France at the 52nd Venice Biennale. Sophie Calle was the recipient of the 2010 Hasselblad Award for photography and the 2017 ICP Infinity Award.
Image Credit: “Sophie Calle, Voir la mer (detail), 2011 ©Sophie Calle / Adagp, Paris, 2017, Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery and Galerie Perrotin”