Reality, fiction and autobiography in the work of Sophie Calle

This essay focuses on the strategies French artist Sophie Calle employs to blur the boundaries between her artistic practice and her personal life. Subverting concepts of reality, fiction and autobiography, Calle’s practice consciously blurs the distinction between text and paratext, expanding the notion of what might constitute an artwork. This study argues that the entirety of the artist’s interaction with the public sphere contributes to the construction of a near-mythological figure of the artist “Sophie Calle”.

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