If you received an unexpected, devastating email (not even a letter, mind you) from your lover breaking up with you, what would you do? Probably cry, be by yourself for days and not want to talk to anyone. Not artist Sophie Calle. At a loss in not knowing how to answer the email, she decided to share it with 107 women of different professions and see what their interpretation was. The result is a fascinating, brilliant show of videos letters, texts, photos, and drawings all analyzing and advising Calle what to do. Part of the brilliance of the exhibit is having it the magnificent, stately Labrouste reading room of the Bibliotheque Nationale giving it an added literary dimension. Videos with legendary Jeanne Moreau, aging bimbo Ariel Dombassy, quirky Laurie Anderson, and Spanish siren Victoria Abril among others are insightful, humorous, and sometimes moving. One with a woman dragging out blow up sex dolls and doing demonstrations with dildos is a hoot. On a more serious note, a lawyer advises Calle in a point-by-point analysis on how she may be able to sue him for financial damages based on certain statutes. What makes it so rich is the variety of professions the women she asked to participate: lawyer, actress, clown, opera singer, songwriter, painter, stand up comedian, police commissioner, performance artist and others.
Read the full letter in English so you make your own interpretation and then post it in the comments section.
Put this and the Richard Serra exhibit at the top of your Paris must do list.
Prenez soin de vous till June 15
Bibliotheque Nationale Richelieu
81 rue Richelieu, 2nd arr.
Metro: Bourse, Palais Royal, or Pyramides
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10AM- 8PM,Thursday10AM-10PM
Sunday 12PM- 8PM
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