YES or NO

Interview of Sophie Calle by Claude Closky, October 22, 2003.
Translated by Sara Cochran.

All questions are drawn from recently published commentaries about Sophie Calle’s work.

Were you born in Paris in 1953?

 YES
 NO

Do you work in the Parisian suburb of Malakoff?

 YES
 NO

Did you strip in a stall in the street fair at Pigalle?

 YES
 NO

Did someone try to strangle you?

 YES
 NO

Did you hire a private detective to follow you?

 YES
 NO

Have you invited total strangers to sleep in your bed?

 YES
 NO

Did the American author Paul Auster use certain episodes from your life and work to create a fictional character in his book Leviathan?

 YES
 NO

Did you ask complete strangers in the New York borough of the Bronx to take you to places that mattered for them in order to photograph them there?

 YES
 NO

Did you spend two weeks following a man through the labyrinth of Venice streets so that you could later meticulously retrace his steps?

 YES
 NO

Did you organise to be hired as a chamber-maid in a Venetian hotel in order to photograph secretly the intimate objects belonging to the guests?

 YES
 NO

Is voyeurism part of your method?

 YES
 NO

Are you a reporter?

 YES
 NO

Do you steal the secrets of others?

 YES
 NO

Do you want to lose yourself in the traces of others?

 YES
 NO

Are you constantly looking for transgression?

 YES
 NO

Provocation?

 YES
 NO

Are you disappointed by reality?

 YES
 NO

Do you want to transform the world?

 YES
 NO

Do you meticulously classify your personal experiences in order to present them in exhibitions?

 YES
 NO

In books?

 YES
 NO

In chronicles?

 YES
 NO

Does your work take the form of installations of photography and text?

 YES
 NO

Are your texts purely explanatory?

 YES
 NO

Is their style poor?

 YES
 NO

Do you drown your object in a profusion of spatial-temporal precisions and details of little importance?

 YES
 NO

Do you refuse all psychology?

 YES
 NO

All subjective delirium?

 YES
 NO

Do you consider photography as an end in itself?

 YES
 NO

Are your photographs as flat and crude as pornographic images?

 YES
 NO

Do you want to increase their fetishist power?

 YES
 NO

Neutrality, distancing of the subject, frontal view, ambient light, clarity – are these the principal characteristics of your photography?

 YES
 NO

Do you worry about the aesthetic quality of your images?

 YES
 NO

Do you want to create universal and timeless works?

 YES
 NO

Do you wonder about the position of individuals within the system determined by culture?

 YES
 NO

Do you think that we live in an era that is marked by a vertiginous shift in the relations between public and private?

 YES
 NO

Are you a “narrative artist”?

 YES
 NO

Do you tell ordinary stories?

 YES
 NO

Do emotions and sentiments play an important role on your work?

 YES
 NO

Does your work represent the realisation of scenes you have orchestrated in an autobiographical way?

 YES
 NO

Do you celebrate narcissism?

 YES
 NO

Do you think that artists are exhibitionists?

 YES
 NO

Does your work have the goal of bettering your life?

 YES
 NO

Do you use art as a sort of personal therapy?

 YES
 NO

Has art saved your life?

 YES
 NO

Is it a way of facing loneliness and abandonment?

 YES
 NO

Do you transform daily boredom into works of art?

 YES
 NO

Do you submit your life to arbitrary rules?

 YES
 NO

The succession of your days, your trips, diet, loves, marriage and divorce - do they obey inflexible rules?

 YES
 NO

Are they the constraints of your art?

 YES
 NO

Do you define rules in an attempt to control everything?

 YES
 NO

Is your existence an inexhaustible ceremony?

 YES
 NO

Are you often solicited by strangers?

 YES
 NO

Are you manipulative?

 YES
 NO

Do you create situations in order to gain power over men?

 YES
 NO

Do you submit men to unbelievable erotic constructions?

 YES
 NO

Are you seeking intense emotions?

 YES
 NO

Do you stage your own fantasies?

 YES
 NO

Are things always happening in your life?

 YES
 NO

Do you celebrate loss and absence?

 YES
 NO

Negativity?

 YES
 NO

Are you seeking an answer to forgetfulness?

 YES
 NO

Do you substitute your art for your life?

 YES
 NO

Are Sophie Calle, author, real person, and Sophie Calle, literally figure and narrator of her stories, the same person?

 YES
 NO

Are you looking for your limits?

 YES
 NO

Do you know how to say no?

 YES
 NO