For this Meetup, we will visit the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art to see "Sophie Calle: For the Last and First Time." Sophie Calle is one of France’s leading contemporary artists - writer, photographer, installation artist, and conceptual artist. Calle is largely known for her highly narrative artwork incorporating both photographs and text. In work revolving around intimate relations with others, Calle weaves together fact and fiction in ways that are fantastic and constantly surprising. And yet the themes which she addresses - identity, communication, memory, perception - are all universal in nature.
This exhibition consists of two parts. The Last Image (2010) is an installation that weaves together text and photographs taken by the artist about people who have lost the power of sight. Voir la mer (See the sea) (2011) captures on film the expression of persons seeing the ocean for the first time. To the sound of waves, Calle's installations quietly contemplate questions that she has been exploring since her work The Blind in 1986: What is beauty? What does it mean to see? One possible answer provided by a blind man was the spark that propelled the artist to ponder these questions: "The most beautiful thing I've ever seen is the sea."
She is one of my favorite contemporary artists. Her work can be challenging to understand, but spending time with her work is rewarding as she explores many different aspects of human nature.
Exhibition: Sophie Calle: For the Last and First Time
Venue: Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 1st, 5:45 pm
Meeting Place: Let's meet inside JR Shinagawa Station in front of the Travel Service Center near the Takanawa Exit