Got a secret you’ve never shared? Come on, we all have something to admit… Imagine that secret, projected on an enormous canvas, hanging in a gallery on the Vegas strip. Heart rate up a notch?
Candy Chang has turned a studio in the heart of Las Vegas in to an anonymous sanctuary of confession. Inspired by Post Secret, visitors are invited to confess their secrets on wooden plaques that are hung around the studio. Chang projects and paints some of the more evocative confessions on large canvases. She calls it a ‘contemplative experiment around anonymity, vulnerability, and understanding’. Accompanying the exhibition is an original soundtrack by Oliver Blank, called Confessional Music.
Over 1500 people have confessed, ranging from fears - I’m scared I’ll die alone - and regrets - I sold heroin to my friend and it ruined his life to hardcore disclosure - I stole over $15,000 from the company I work for - the more philosophical - I don’t know what I am doing and I’m running out of time - and then some a little less extreme -I eat too much cheese.
Looking through the confessions raises a rollercoaster of reactions – some funny, some sad, some truly heartbreaking. And among it all a sense of relief, liberation, community, respect and honesty. A reminder that the world is tangible and existent, and we all fuck up.
Visit the confession website to see the full list of confessions at http://confessions.candychang.com/
Candy Chang is visiting Sydney next month to present as part of Vivid Festival. Talking on the theme of ‘Making Art to Make a Difference’ catch her at the MCA on Monday 26th May.
- Eleanor B.