Paris: Xavier Barral, 2012. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's white silk, spine and upper board embroidered with yellow stitching, lower board blindstamped, front free endpaper blindstamped, stiff card slipcase.
Special signed limited edition, produced for Calle's 2014 exhibit at the Church of Heavenly Rest in New York. Created from the original French edition of 2012, English translations of the texts have here been hand-stamped in red on each page and the slipcase, including the limitation stamp signed by Calle. A sort of elegy to the French artist's mother Monique Szyndler (aka Rachel), who died in 2007, told through personal diary excerpts and family photos. "My mother liked to be the object of discussion. Her life did not appear in my work, and that annoyed her. When I set up the camera at the floor of the bed where she was dying – I wanted to be present to hear her last words and was afraid that she would pass away in my absence – she exclaimed 'Finally!'" (from Calle's introduction). Calle sat with her mother as she was dying, documenting every "last" – her last pedicure, the last music she listened to (Mozart), her last word souci (worry) – but found her last breath was "impossible to capture." Stunningly designed in close collaboration with the artist, illustrated with color photos, reproductions and embossed text. The related exhibition was initially shown at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2012. Number 27 of 111 copies signed from the larger, unnumbered first edition. Fine in slipcase. Item #896