Sophie CalleThe Hotel, Room 44 1981

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Artwork details

Artist
Sophie Calle (born 1953)
Title
The Hotel, Room 44
L'Hôtel, Chambre 44
Date 1981
Medium2 works on paper, photographs and ink
Dimensionsdisplayed: 2140 x 1420 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1999
Reference
P78303
Not on display

Summary

This is a two-part framed work comprising photographs and text. In the upper part, the title Room 44 is printed below a colour photograph of adjacent wooden twin bed-heads flush against ornately patterned gilt wallpaper. The twin beds are joined by a tautly pulled colourful Indian-print bedspread. Below the title, three columns of italic text are diary entries describing findings in the hotel room between Tuesday 17 February 1981 and Sunday 1 March. In the lower frame a grid of nine black and white photographs show things listed in the text above. This work is part of a project titled The Hotel, which the artist has defined:

On Monday, February 16, 1981, I was hired as a temporary chambermaid for three weeks in a Venetian hotel. I was assigned twelve bedrooms on the fourth floor. In the course of my cleaning duties, I examined the personal belongings of the hotel guests and observed through details lives which remained unknown to me. On Friday, March 6, the job came to an end. (Quoted in Calle, pp.140-1… (read more)

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