Sophie Calle’s voyeuristic portraits of hotel rooms

Sophie Calle's voyeuristic fascination with the lives of others inspired The Hotel, a project she executed in the early 1980s while posing as a chambermaid at a hotel in Venice, Italy. Each work in the series is a portrait of a room she was assigned to clean, including photographs of the bed and personal belongings she found there, and a text by the artist offering her imaginative impression of the absent guests.

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