Pour la dernière et pour la première fois (For the Last and First Time) is French artist Sophie Calle’s first exhibition at the MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal). The exhibition consists of two recent projects by Calle: The Last Image, 2010, a series of photographs accompanied by texts, and Voir la mer, 2011, a series of digital films. These two series take an incisive, poetic look at the particular reality of the mental images of blind people and at the discovery of beauty and the sublime.
On The Last Image: “I went to Istanbul. I spoke to blind people, most of whom had lost their sight suddenly. I asked them to describe the last thing they saw.”
On Voir la mer: “In Istanbul, a city surrounded by water, I met people who had never seen the sea. I filmed their first time.”
Born in 1953 in Paris, Sophie Calle is a writer, conceptual artist, photographer, filmmaker, even detective-or a little bit of each, according to the characters she assumes, the rituals she devises, the parts of her life she tells and the feelings she shares. Her work may be found in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, L.A.; and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
February 5th to May 10th, 2015 at The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
Tying in with the exhibition For the Last and First Time, artist Sophie Calle will give a free talk at the MAC on Tuesday, February 3 at 6 p.m.