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Sophie Calle: The Hotel


Sophie Calle: The Hotel

A forensic conceptualist's inventory of the ordinary and extraordinary lives in a Venetian hotel

In 1981 Sophie Calle took a job as a chambermaid for the Hotel C in Venice, Italy. Stashing her camera and tape recorder in her mop bucket, she not only cleans and tidies, but sorts through the evidence of the hotel guests' lives. Assigned 12 rooms on the fourth floor, she surveys the state of the guests' bedding, their books, newspapers and postcards, perfumes and cologne, traveling clothes and costumes for Carnival. She methodically photographs the contents of closets and suitcases, examining the detritus in the rubbish bin and the toiletries arranged on the washbasin. She discovers their birth dates and blood types, diary entries, letters from and photographs of lovers and family. She eavesdrops on arguments and love-making. She retrieves a pair of shoes from the wastebasket and takes two chocolates from a neglected box of sweets, while leaving behind stashes of money, pills and jewelry. Her thievery is the eye of the camera, observing the details that were not meant for her, or us, to see.
The Hotel now manifests as a book for the first time in English (it was previously included in the book Double Game). Collaborating with the artist on a new design that features enhanced and larger photographs, and pays specific attention to the beauty of the book as an object, Siglio is releasing its third book authored by Calle, after The Address Book (2012) and Suite Vénitienne (2015).
Sophie Calle (born 1953) is an internationally renowned artist whose controversial works often fuse conceptual art and Oulipo-like constraints, investigatory methods and the plundering of autobiography. The Whitechapel Gallery in London organized a retrospective in 2009, and her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Hayward Gallery and Serpentine, London; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among others. She lives and works in Paris.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Sophie Calle: The Hotel'.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Financial Times: Weekend

Baya Simons

Together they ask what our habits and possessions might reveal about us and whetherour curiosity about the private lives of others is normal or shameful. Like many of Calle’s projects, the work of art is in her act of intrusion; the resulting photographs are merely the eerily beautiful evidence.

Photo Eye

Odette England

The Hotel, as a book-object, is meticulous. It presents, in size and weight, like a good quality bible kept in the bedside top drawer.

Elephant

This book-cum-quest strikes the quintessential Calle-chord: its through line is the longing to know the lives of strangers.

Artforum

Johanna Fateman

A stunningly produced new book in English made from Calle’s 1981 project is a perfect opportunity to revisit—or introduce yourself to—the irresistible photographs derived from her masterful snooping.

Bookforum

Sarah Moroz

A stand-alone book with a fresh redesign—the pages are edged in gold—and a selection of previously unpublished images. Playing with voyeuristic curiosity (and destroying any naive belief in privacy), Calle compiled a vast collection of color and black-and-white images along with written observations

Wallpaper*

Harriet Lloyd-Smith

A provocative examination of privacy, lack thereof, and what fragmented possessions might reveal about our lives

Financial Times: How To Spend It

Baya Simons

Like many of Calle’s projects, the work of art is in her act of intrusion; the resulting photographs are merely the eerily beautiful evidence.

Vanity Fair

Madison Reid

These clinical yet intimate observations (and sometimes judgements) expose innumerable contradictions within this finite space, and within the thoughts of the artist herself.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/11/2022

'Sophie Calle: The Hotel' is Back in Stock!

'Sophie Calle: The Hotel' is Back in Stock!

Reviewed in The New Yorker, Artforum and Hyperallergic, among many other esteemed publications, Sophie Calle's The Hotel is the newest tour-de-force collaboration between the French artist and adventurous American publisher, Siglio press. “On Monday, February 16, 1981, I was hired as a temporary chambermaid for three weeks in a Venetian hotel,” Calle writes. “I was assigned twelve bedrooms on the fourth floor. In the course of my cleaning duties, I examined the personal belongings of the hotel guests and observed, through details, lives which remained unknown to me. On Friday, March 6, the job came to an end.” Featured image is one of 192 mostly black-and-white photographs gathered in the book and published alongside short ruminations on Calle's clandestine discoveries. continue to blog


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Sophie Calle: The Hotel

SOPHIE CALLE: THE HOTEL

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ISBN: 9781938221293
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Pub Date: 12/7/2021
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Sophie Calle: True Stories

SOPHIE CALLE: TRUE STORIES

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ISBN: 9782330093037
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Pub Date: 5/22/2018
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Sophie Calle: Rachel Monique

SOPHIE CALLE: RACHEL MONIQUE

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ISBN: 9782365111171
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Pub Date: 4/25/2017
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Sophie Calle: Suite Vénitienne

SOPHIE CALLE: SUITE VéNITIENNE

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ISBN: 9781938221095
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Pub Date: 5/26/2015
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Sophie Calle: Voir la mer

SOPHIE CALLE: VOIR LA MER

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ISBN: 9782330016166
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Pub Date: 2/28/2014
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Sophie Calle: The Address Book

SOPHIE CALLE: THE ADDRESS BOOK

SIGLIO

ISBN: 9780979956294
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Pub Date: 9/30/2012
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Sophie Calle: Take Care of Yourself

SOPHIE CALLE: TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

DIS VOIR/ACTES SUD

ISBN: 9782742768936
USD $125.00
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Pub Date: 12/15/2007
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