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The Sleepers (Les Dormeurs), detail

The Sleepers (Les Dormeurs), detail

Courtesy of Sophie Calle and Centre Pompidou


Title: The Sleepers (Les Dormeurs), detail
Year: 1979
Materials: Gelatin silver prints with ink and black metal frames
Movements & Syles: Conceptual Art
Techniques & Media: Installation, Photography
About this Artwork :
The Sleepers is Sophie Calle's first fully realized installation consisting of 173 photographs and 23 explanatory texts (6 x 8 inches/15.2 x 20.3 cm each photo and text unit) that document a series of situations orchestrated by Calle, in which people (friends, neighbors, strangers) allowed her to observe them as they slept. She photographed and interviewed these people - each of whom was allotted one eight-hour sleeping period in Calle's own bed - over the course of an entire week. … (read more)

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