Walk with me.. I’ve been lecturing on Sophie Calle this week. Calle became known for creating emotional artwork from her own personal experiences. She once spontaneously followed and photographed a stranger, a man, all the way to Italy. Another time, she found a lost address book and interviewed and photographed everyone within it about the owner and then published the results in a French newspaper. One time, she chanced a job as a chambermaid in a Venetian hotel, just so she could photograph all the mess and details left behind. Even before my dear friend Tracey Emin portrayed her famous bed, Calle opened up her own bed and invited strangers to sleep in it and photographed and interviewed them post. Calle’s project Take Care of Yourself leaves one feeling steeped in an innovative contemporary novel. A boyfriend had dumped her unceremoniously by email. He signed if off with the words ‘take care of yourself’. What she did next, became the catalyst of an art installation within the French pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2007. Her heartbreak diminished by distributing the email to 107 women professionals and followed by photographing them reading it. She then invited them to analyse it, according to their profession. The result was each woman critiqued the author based on their job set, a forensic psychiatrist claimed he was a ‘twisted manipulator’, his grammar was obliterated by a copy editor, he was appraised by a judge and even performed by an actress. At first Calle found the whole experience therapeutic “after I month I felt better, there was no suffering. It worked. The project had replaced the man”, she explained. Thus, human beings are interested in the human condition and I am interested in artists and their lives, because living as an artist requires extraordinary hard work or some good fortune to come your way…enjoy this weeks mobile photography and art showcase.
I want to personally thank all of the featured talented artists for submitting your works to our showcase this week. Together, we exchange our vision, our fears, our hopes and our dreams, we become one.
Gianluca Ricoveri, Deborah McMillion, soul_engine, Jill Lian, Susan Rennie, Rita Colantonio, Ahmed Jibal Manar, Sherianne100, Karen Axelrad, Hanni K, Vadim Demjianov, Catherine Caddigan, Laila, Jun Yamaguchi, Anastasia Potekhina, @lizanderson48, @one_two_bucklemyshoe, @cintia.malhotra, @micheldev, @ja_graham, @psychephoto – Robin Cohen, Eliza Badoiu, @camorgan.art – Cynthia Morgan, Diane Neubauer, Cedric Blanchon, Chehalis Hegner, @patragraphy, @devine1225aaa, @marshadraws, Roberta Mitchell, Sarah Bichachi, Susan Latty.
‘Smoker’ ©Cedric Blanchon
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