Voyeuristic Art Comes to Whitechapel, London

Whitechapel Gallery


The Whitechapel Gallery (77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1; +44-20-7522-7888; www.whitechapelgallery.org) presents the first British retrospective of Sophie Calle, France’s most eminent conceptual artist whose controversial work has often been characterized as voyeuristic.Thirty years ago, Calle started her career following strangers on the streets of Paris, photographing them and taking notes. She soon realized that her surveillance activities provided material with which she could construct their identities. Combining text and photographic images has since formed the basis of her work.

“Following strangers”, “surveillance” … That sounds pretty creepy to me!

All I can say is that it is a good job that Sophie Calle did not try posting her work to Flickr. It wasn’t around in the 1970s. They would have deleted her account, assuming that their prohibitions apply to women as much as men.

See also http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/home#


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2 Responses to “Voyeuristic Art Comes to Whitechapel, London”

  1. fonktok69 Says:

    “Creepy” artists?

    The “flat” world is really sinking now!

  2. Michael Willems Says:

    But I would love to see this exhibit!

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