Thursday, April 30, 2009

I'll do it, if you do it.

Sophie Calle is by far one of my favorite artists. Her exhibition is going on now at the Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea, called "Take Care of Yourself". It centers around a break up letter, sent via email, from her then current, now ex, boyfriend. It becomes an object of inspiration for her. She asks multiple different women to translate it, in accordance with their own profession. The translations are then displayed through video, photography and written. You get a copy of the english translation when you enter the door. While the rest of the exhibit is largely French. The fact that I didn't know the language was not a hinderance. It puts more emphasis on the structure of the interpretation and the process of the interpreter. I highly recommend a visit. 534 W. 21st St.

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