Sophie CALLE
"Birthday ceremony" (1981) / "Rituel d'anniversaire" (1981) 1992
Windows, various elements / Série de 15 vitrines comprenant divers objets personnels.
170 x 78 x 40 cm (each showcase) / 170 x 78 x 40 cm (chaque vitrine)
unique



On my birthday I always worry that people will forget me. In 1980,to relieve myself from anxiety, I decided that every year, if possible on 9 October, I would invte to dinner the exact number of people corresponding to my age, including a stranger chosen by one of my guests. I did note use the presents received on these occasions. I kept them as tokens of affection. In 1993, at the age of forty, put an end to this ritual.



1981:

1 bouquet of flowers

1 book by Mario Vargas Llosa: La Maison verte NRF Gallimard Editions

1 work by David Rocheline (mirror, gilded wood, marshmallows, chocolates, candies and plastic doll)

1 pair of cream coloured gloves, knitted cotton, Jean-Charles Brosseau brand

1 bottle of eau de vie labelled “Pour les 28 ans de Sophie Calle”

1 compass

1 book by Henry Miller: Insomnia ou le diable en liberté Stock Editions

1 red satin mini-dress decorated with black plastic grapes and one red mask

1 miniature chair in blue Formica

1 Vedette brand washing machine (Given the excessive dimensions of said object and its undeniable utility, it is here represented by a Darty buyer's warranty)

1 black mask

28 fruit flavoured lollipops

1 photograph by Manuel Alvarez Bravo entitled: Le rêve éveillé

1 bottle of champagne, Moët & Chandon

1 book by Maurice Achard and Anne-Marie Métailié: Les années soixante en noir et blanc Amm Editions

1 cream coloured umbrella with a dog-shaped handle

1 flower-petal shaped ashtray that can be disassembled

28 drawing pads

28 earrings (none of them making a pair)

1 book by Henri-Alexis Baatsch: Roman Polonais Pierre Bordas Editions

1 book by Marie José Parra-Aledo: Images fugitives Pierre Bordas Editions

4 white buttons


Le jour de mon anniversaire, je crains d'être oubliée. Dans le but de me délivrer de cette inquiétude, j'ai pris en 1980 la décision d'inviter tous les ans, un nombre de convives équivalent à mon nombre d'années. Je n'ai pas utilisé les cadeaux. Je les ai conservés afin de garder à portée de main les preuves d'affection qu'ils constituaient. En 1993, à l'âge de 40 ans, j'ai mis fin à ce rituel.




   
Courtesy Galerie Perrotin