Sophie Calle - "The plastic surgery" (EN)

Sophie CALLE

Digital print on Fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm / 27,5 x 19,6 in
Edition of 150 copies in French and 150 copies in English
Each edition comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity that is signed by the artist

English version

French version available here

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Text of the print in english version :

" When i was fourteen my grandparents suggested that I needed plastic surgery. They made an appointment with a famous cosmetic surgeon, and it was decided that my nose should be straightened, that a scar on my left leg should be covered up woth a piece of skin taken from m yass and that mye ars should be pulled back. I had doubts, but they reassured me, I could change my mind up until the very last moment. In the end, though, it was Doctor F. himself who put an end to my dilemma. Two days before the operation, he committed suicide."


Text of the print in french version :

" J’avais quatorze ans et mes grands-parents souhaitaient corriger chez moi certaines imperfections. On allait me refaire le nez, cacher la cicatrice de ma jambe gauche avec un morceau de peau prélevé sur la fesse et accessoirement me recoller les oreilles. J’hésitais, on me rassura : jusqu’au dernier moment j’aurais le choix. Un rendez-vous fut pris avec le docteur F., célèbre chirurgien esthétique. C’est lui qui mit fin à mes incertitutes. Deux jours avant l’opération il se suicida."