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The Plastic Surgery

Artist:
Sophie Calle (French, born Paris, 1953)
Date:
2000
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image a: 160 x 110 cm (63 x 43 5/16 in.) Frame a: 170 x 100 cm (66 15/16 x 39 3/8 in.) Frame b: 50 x 50 cm (19 11/16 x 19 11/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.336a, b
Rights and Reproduction:
© Sophie Calle
Not on view
the artist; [Olivier Renaud Clement, New York City]

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."
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