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Confessions – Candy Chang

As humans we are often drawn to the dark and dirt of others minds and lives. Artist Candy Chang invites the public to share their intimate feelings, secrets and longings in her interactive art works which leads to truly fascinating and engaging work which draws her audience in.

…Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang reimagines the city and the role of the public realm to help us make sense of our communities and ourselves. Renowned for interactive public installations that provoke civic engagement and emotional introspection, her work has examined issues from criminal justice and the future of vacant buildings to personal aspirations and anxieties…

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Confessions is a participatory gallery installation for people to anonymously share their confessions and see the confessions of the people around them in the heart of the Las Vegas strip. Inspired by Japanese Shinto shrine prayer walls, Post Secret, and Catholicism, Chang invited people to write a confession on a wooden plaque in the privacy of confessions booths in The Cosmopolitan’s P3 Studio gallery. She arranged the anonymous plaques on the gallery walls, painted select responses on 4’ x 4’ canvases, and orchestrated the space with an original ambient score by Oliver Blank. By the end of the exhibit, over 1500 confessions were displayed on the walls. Commissioned by Art Production Fund and the Cosmopolitan, the project explored the design of safe spaces for anonymity, vulnerability, understanding, and consolation.

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All confessions can be viewed on the project site. Some of the 1500+ confessions: I still love her two girlfriends and five years later, I’m scared I’ll die alone, I eat too much cheese, Came here married to one girl and left married to two girls, I sold heroin to my friend and it ruined his life, I stole over 15,000 from the company I work for, I like porn more than my husband does, I don’t know what I am doing and I’m running out of time. 

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