Published by Actes Sud, 2007
Metallic hardcover, 424 pages with 4 CDs and two small booklets
21.5 x 30.5 cm | 8.5 x 12 inches
Available in French and English
From the artist:
“I received a breaking email. I could not answer.
It was as if it was not intended for me.
It ended with the words: Take care of yourself.
I took this recommendation literally.
I asked one hundred and seven women - one of them feathered and two wooden -
chosen for their profession, their talent, to interpret the letter from an angle
Analyze it, comment on it, play it, dance it, sing it.
Dissect it. Exhaust it. Understand for me.
Speak for me.
One way to take the time to break up. At my own pace.
Take care of me."
Among the professions exercised by the one hundred and seven women chosen by Sophie Calle:
A family mediator, a researcher in lexicometry, a proofreader, a designer, a press agency journalist, a judge, a normalienne, a sexologist, a psychoanalyst, an advertiser, a lawyer, a police commissioner, a prison social worker , a journalist, a criminologist, a Talmudic exegete, a teenager, a headhunter, a physicist, a specialist in contemporary French literature, a philosopher, a moral philosopher, an anthropologist, an expert on women's rights at the UN, a graphic designer, an editor, a writer for youth, a teacher, a student, a novelist, a composer, a psychic, a DGSE officer, a psychiatrist, a translator in SMS language, a cruciverbist, a sociologist, a chess player, accountant, mother, radio host, actresses, screenwriters, directors, singers, musicians…, and also a puppet, a bunraku doll and a psittacid.