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Sophie Calle
The Plastic Surgery
2000
Gelatin silver print

Image: 63 x 43 5/16 inches
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2000

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sophie Calle
The Plastic Surgery, 2000

Text in image reads:
"When I was fourteen my parents 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 with a piece of skin from my // ass and that my ears should be pulled back. I had // doubts, but they reassured me, that 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 misery. Two days before the operation, // he committed suicide."

Related Essays:

Art and Photography: The 1980s, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

France, 1900 A.D.–present, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


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Sophie Calle, French, (1953- )
b. October 9, 1953, Paris


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