Take Care of Yourself by Sophie Calle

Take Care of Yourself by Sophie Calle

Take Care of Yourself
Installation Art, Feminist Art

A breakup letter via email was the starting point for her “Take Care of Yourself” installation. Originally it was created for the French Pavilion of the 2007 Venice Biennale. Taking the starting point of the final words of the email Calle asked over one hundred women to interpret the letter for her. She then presented the collected multimedia reactions as her installation. It echoes our emotional need to understand the hurt of a breakup. The collection of responses included an exhaustive analyzing of every word and phrase within the email to a totemic repeating of those final totemic words “Take care of yourself.”

Sophie Calle

Sophie Calle
Conceptual Art, Feminist Art, Performance Art
Born: 9 October 1953, Paris, France
Nationality: French

Calle is a writer, installation artist, photographer, and conceptual artist. She is known for her use of arbitrary sets of constraints and for evoking the French literary movement Oulipo. Calle’s work often portrays human vulnerability and examines identity and intimacy