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Sophie Calle

Fred Hoffman Gallery

In delicate and menacing fashion, Sophie Calle explores questions of identity. This show consists of seven simple yet lengthy photo/text works produced by the French artist between 1979 and 1988. In Les Dormeurs (The sleepers, 1979), Calle set up an eight-day schedule, during which time a different person occupied her bed every eight hours. After each segment, the person was asked to leave, no exceptions, so the next sleeper could enter. She sat in a chair and observed her subjects, photographing them, establishing contact with minimal conversation, and taking notes. She also fed her subjects and offered them clean sheets. Why would someone comply with this eerie proposal? The participants weren’t in need of a roof over their heads. Perhaps appealing to the atheist who does not live under the presence of God, Calle offered up her own brand of protection. Some may have felt comforted by

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