Sophie Calle - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 12, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Berlin

  • Catalogue Essay

    Sophie Calle's series The Hotel from 1983 continues to explore the theme of documenting and coming closer to strangers' lives. The work is a series of 21 diptychs which show all signs of a traveler'snightmare. Calle worked for three weeks as a house maid in aVenetian hotel, but instead of cleaning and tidying the roomsallocated to her each day, she unscrupulously went through thetravelers' luggage, photographing individual items and noting downher observations. The photographs and texts confront the spectatorwith fragments of strangers' biographies, personal peculiarities,intimate and everyday habits. Through the eyes of the artist thespectator becomes a voyeur, but even then does not gain a clearimpression of these unknown persons.
    (On the Trail of the Ego: Sophie Calle's Pursuits, P. Gördüren, as found on


Hotel Room 28 (February 16-19) (From the series The Hotel)

Ektachrome print and nine gelatin silver prints mounted on board, diptych.
Overall 209 x 141.5 cm. (82 1/4 x 55 3/4 in).
This work is from an edition of three.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

13 Feb 2009, 2pm