VIDEO: Why French Artist Sophie Calle Bought a Burial Plot in Bolinas

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Sophie Calle poses at Bolinas cemetery. The French conceptual artist bought herself a burial plot there a few years ago. (Photo: Aaron Drury/KQED)

Sophie Calle has been a regular visitor to in the sleepy coastal town of Bolinas ever since she launched her professional career there, producing a series of photographs of gravestones in the late 1970s.

Recently, the famous French conceptual artist made the unusual move of buying herself a grave plot in Bolinas cemetery. KQED’s senior arts editor Chloe Veltman caught up with Calle among the gravestones while the 63-year-old artist was in the Bay Area for the opening of a major exhibition of her work at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture in San Francisco.

Watch the report for KQED Newsroom here:


Curated by Ars Citizen, Sophie Calle’s exhibition, Missing, is on view at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture in San Francisco through Sunday, Aug. 20. Entry is free.

This segment originally aired on Friday, Jul. 28 on KQED Newsroom. To watch the full show, click here