Sophie Calle: North Pole

Sophie Calle: North Pole

Friday, June 11, 2010Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Berlin, Germany

“Yesterday I buried my mother’s jewels on Northern Glacier. I was Lucky. A few meters further south and I would have landed on Starvation Glacier. She had a dream. Go to the North Pole. It was a part of our life: One day she would go. She died two years ago having preserved her dream. I guess that’s why she never went. I never had this dream. It was hers. But I was invited to go to the North Pole. And may be I went a little for her. To take her there.”

Sophie Calle’s mother had three wishes before she died: to visit the ocean; to visit New York; and to visit the North Pole; none of which she achieved. After her mother’s death, Calle travelled to Greenland with the 2008 Cape Farewell expedition, taking her mother’s treasured diamond ring and pearl necklace with her. The commemorative act of burying her mother’s jewellery in a glacier, while contemplating the items’ past and future, is represented in this series of works.

Sophie Calle gained international reputation through participating extensively for close to thirty years in major solo and group exhibitions and Biennials. She was invited to be the official representative of France at the 2007 Venice Biennial. Her project for Venice Prenez soin de vous was later exhibited again at the Bibliothèque national de France Richelieu, Paris (2008), at the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Salvador and SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, both Brazil (2009). Further solo exhibitions in 2009 were staged at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles, the Whitechapel Gallery, London (travelling to De Pont–museum of contemporary art, Tilburg, The Netherland, in 2010 and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlbaek / Copenhagen, opening on 22 June 2010 ).

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“Yesterday I buried my mother’s jewels on Northern Glacier. I was Lucky. A few meters further south and I would have landed on Starvation Glacier. She had a dream. Go to the North Pole. It was a part of our life: One day she would go. She died two years ago having preserved her dream. I guess that’s why she never went. I never had this dream. It was hers. But I was invited to go to the North Pole. And may be I went a little for her. To take her there.”

Sophie Calles Mutter hatte zu Lebzeiten drei Wünsche: den Ozean zu sehen, New York zu besuchen und zum Nordpol zu reisen. Keinen konnte sie sich erfüllen. Nach dem Tod ihrer Mutter, reist Sophie Calle 2008 mit der Cape Farewell Expedition nach Grönland. Im Gepäck einen von der Mutter sehr geschätzten Diamantring und ihre Perlenkette. In einem Akt der Erinnerung, begräbt sie die Gegenstände in einem Gletscher. Die Geschichte der Gegenstände, die der Mutter viel bedeutet haben, betrachtet sie in der Arbeit North Pole.

Sophie Calle erlangte internationale Anerkennung durch zahlreiche Beteiligungen an bedeutenden Ausstellungen und Biennalen. Auf der Venedig Biennale 2007 bespielte sie den französischen Pavillon. Die dort präsentierte Arbeit Prenez soin de vous wurde anschließend in der Bibliothèque national de France Richelieu, Paris (2008), im Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Salvador, sowie dem SESC Pompeia, São Paulo (beide 2009), gezeigt. Weitere Einzelausstellungen im Jahr 2009 widmeten ihr die Royal Academy of Arts, London, das Musée des Beaux-Arts, Brüssel, und die Whitechapel Gallery, London (wandert 2010 in die De Pont–museum voor hedendaagse kunst, Tilburg, Niederlande und Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlbaek/Kopenhagen, eröffnet am 22. Juni 2010).