Sophie Calle – Take Care of Yourself

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I received an email telling me it was over.
I didn’t know how to respond.
It was almost as if it hadn’t been meant for me.
It ended with the words, “Take care of yourself.”
And so I did.
I asked 107 women (including two made from wood and one with feathers),
chosen for their profession or skills, to interpret this letter.
To analyze it, comment on it, dance it, sing it.
Dissect it.  Exhaust it.  Understand it for me.
Answer for me.
It was a way of taking the time to break up.
A way of taking care of myself.

– In the Artists own words, plucked from the description at the Paula Cooper Gallery exhibition page.

Here’s a youtube playlist of various of the video responses.

& Not really an in depth interview, but a little back and forth conversation with the artist about the project.


This work by Sophie Calle brings up a lot of the issues that we will discuss in this class and specificaly for our “Love Letter to Alfred” assignment.

Things to consider –

What forms of  collaboration does this project take on?

What forms and methods can be used to interpret and present letters & correspondence?

How can multiple forms of documentation tell a story?





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