Sophie Calle's Conceptual Art Travels to Times Square Billboards

"I asked them to look out to the sea and then to turn back towards me to show me these eyes that had just seen it for the first time."
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"I asked them to look out to the sea and then to turn back towards me to show me these eyes that had just seen it for the first time."

Voir la mer

, a series of five intimate video portraits from French artist Sophie Calle, will run October 1-31, nightly from 11:57 p.m. to midnight on Times Square billboards.

Provocative and often controversial work that confronts issues in her personal life, Calle is known for her sleuth-like explorations of human relationships, which have led her to follow strangers or find work as a hotel chambermaid.

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Voir la mer

, Calle explains, she took her subjects in Istanbul "to the shore of the Black Sea. They came to the water's edge, separately, eyes lowered, closed, or masked. I was behind them. I asked them to look out to the sea and then to turn back towards me to show me these eyes that had just seen it for the first time."

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Magnified on the billboards, five of these intimate video portraits silently reveal the emotional response to this evocative experience.

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