Category Archives: Research

Sophie Calle’s Take Care of Yourself (Prenez soin de vous).

This work is a collection of images of women reading an email from Calle’s boyfriend which ended their relationship, To quote Calle directly:

I received an email telling me it was over. I didn’t know how to respond. It was as if it wasn’t meant for me. It ended with the words: Take Care of Yourself. I took this recommendation literally. I asked a hundred and two women, chosen for their profession, to interpret the letter in their professional capacity. To analyse it, provide a commentary on it, act it, dance it, sing it. Dissect it. Squeeze it dry. Understand for me. Answer for me. It was a way to take the time to break up. At my own pace. A way to take care of myself. (Calle 2007). Continue reading Sophie Calle’s Take Care of Yourself (Prenez soin de vous).

Sarah Pickering – Public Order

I have to come clean and admit that these images don’t make me feel the way that either the artist or the course book expect me to feel. To me they simply feel to me like photographs of a vacant film set. This is largely a result of my background in broadcasting, having worked for many years on such sets as the outdoor set for Coronation Street and the setting for The Bill. Continue reading Sarah Pickering – Public Order

Paul Seawright – Sectarian Murder

This sequence of photographs shows areas of Northern Ireland where murders took place during the ‘troubles’. The places in the photographs are now peaceful, many years after the events which made them famous.

As Seawright says in the video on Vimeo, these pictures are intended to make you think, to create your own meaning. The meaning is not decided so much by the artist but by the viewer. Continue reading Paul Seawright – Sectarian Murder