Sophie Calle Haunts The Cemetery

Have something to get off your chest? In April, the French artist Sophie Calle’s interactive installation Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery—a marble obelisk with slots for visitors to share their secrets on slips of paper—will début at the historic Brooklyn burial ground and remain on view for 25 years. The piece, presented by the New York-based arts non-profit Creative Time, is the first US iteration of a similar 20-year work installed last year in a Geneva cemetery. The work provides an “opportunity for people to unburden themselves in [a] moment of catharsis, and also a communal sharing of secrets”, says Katie Hollander, Creative Time’s director, who says the project resonated with the organisation as “reflective in terms of our current political as well as emotional state.”

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