Appointment with Sigmund Freud

Sophie Calle, James Putnam

Description

In February 1998, I was invited to create an exhibition entitled Appointment at a house at 20 Maresfield Gardens, London, where Dr Freud lived and died. After having a vision of my wedding dress laid across Freud’s couch, I immediately accepted. I chose to display relics of my own life amongst the interior of Sigmund’s home.’—Sophie Calle

A unique and beautifully produced assembly of Calle’s own texts and personal objects juxtaposed with objects from Sigmund Freud’s personal collection, still kept in his Hampstead house, Appointment features fragments from the artist’s own fascinating life story, characteristic texts that reveal intimate secrets and unravel some of Calle’s childhood memories as well as her adult relationships.

Calle’s references to certain mementos and the emotionally charged events with which they are associated have many parallels to Freud’s own psychoanalytic theories and his passion for collecting.

Reviews

Utterly compelling.

— The Sunday Telegraph

There is one writer/photographer at work today who seems to be properly exploiting the possibilities of integrating text and image … Sophie Calle is well worth seeking out.

— The Independent on Sunday

Contributors

Sophie Calle

Author

Sophie Calle was born in Paris in 1953. Since the 1980s, her installations have received international recognition at galleries and museums throughout the world.

James Putnam

Afterword By

James Putnam has been a Visiting Scholar in Museum Studies at New York University and Curator of the Contemporary Arts and Cultures Program at the British Museum.