On the occasion of the Paris Gallery Week-end, Perrotin is pleased to present iconic work by Sophie Calle: Prenez soin de vous.
I received an email telling me it was over.
I didn’t know how to respond
It was almost as if it hadn’t been meant for me.
It ended with the words, Take care of yourself.
I followed this advice to the letter I asked 107 women (as well as two handpuppets and a parrot), chosen for their profession or skills, to interpret the letter.
To analyse it, comment on it, dance it, sing it. Dissect it. Exhaust it.
Understand it for me. Answer for me.
It was a way of taking the time to break up
A way to take care of myself.
Prenez soin de vous 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 and has been exhibited since then in major museums worldwide included the Fondation pour l’art contemporain DHC/ART, Montréal, Canada in 2008, the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK in 2009, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Saint Louis, USA in 2012, the Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Norway in 2013, el Museo Tamayo, Mexico city, Mexico in 2014, el Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, USA in 2017, Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chili in 2018.
The exhibition will be followed starting on July 6 by a viewing room featuring a selection of artworks from series Prenez soin de vous and Série Noire.