Sophie Calle: The Birthday Ceremony and Autobiographical Stories

Installation shot, Museum of Contemporary Photography, 2000

About the Exhibition

For thirteen consecutive years, Sophie Calle threw a dinner party on her birthday and invited the exact number of people corresponding to her age.  Instead of using the gifts she received, she collected them and created The Birthday Ceremony, a chronology of white cases displaying the gifts.  The other works on view came from a series entitled Autobiographical Stories, comprising short textual recounts of memories accompanied by five-foot-high black-and-white images.  It is impossible to ascertain if the memories are true, invented, or a mixture of both.