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Confessions

Collecting thousands of responses that range from the light-hearted to the heart-breaking, this introspective project reconfigures religious rites for secular environments and examines the role of ritual in public life.

P3 Studio Gallery, Las Vegas
P3 Studio Gallery, Las Vegas
P3 Studio Gallery, Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Confessions in Minsk, Belarus at Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art | Photo by Viktoriya Kharitonova
Confessions in Minsk, Belarus at Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art | Photo by Viktoriya Kharitonova
Confessions in Athens, Greece in collaboration with Onassis Cultural Centre, 2016 | Photo by Stavros Petropoulos
Confessions in Athens, Greece in collaboration with Onassis Cultural Centre, 2016 | Photo by Stavros Petropoulos
Confessions in London, England in collaboration with Merge Festival and Hilton Bankside, 2017 | Photo by Hilton Bankside
Confessions in London, England in collaboration with Merge Festival and Hilton Bankside, 2017 | Photo by Illuminate Productions and TommoPhoto
Confessions in Yerevan, Armenia with support from Karoyan Gallery and Moscow Cinema, curated by Lilit Antonyan, 2017
Confessions in Athens, Greece in collaboration with Onassis Cultural Centre, 2016 | Photo by Stavros Petropoulos
Confessions in Yerevan, Armenia with support from Karoyan Gallery and Moscow Cinema, curated by Lilit Antonyan, 2017

Confessions is a participatory installation by Candy Chang that explores public rituals for catharsis and consolation. Inspired by Japanese Shinto shrine prayer walls and the practices of Catholicism, Chang invited people to write and submit a confession on a wooden plaque in the privacy of confession booths in The Cosmopolitan’s P3 Studio gallery in the heart of the Las Vegas strip. 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 1,500 confessions were displayed in the room:

I still love her two girlfriends and five years later. I’m scared I’ll die alone. I eat too much cheese. I’m not as confident as the world thinks I am. I sold heroin to my friend and it ruined his life. I stole over $15,000 from the company I work for. I’m in the military and I’m scared to die. I don’t know what I am doing and I’m running out of time. 

The installation has also been featured in other cities, including Minsk, Belarus in 2016 at Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art; Athens, Greece in 2016 in collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Centre; London, England in 2017 in collaboration with Merge Festival and Hilton Bankside Hotel; Yerevan, Armenia in 2017 with support from Karoyan Gallery and Moscow Cinema and curated by Lilit Antonyan; San Diego in 2019 in collaboration with Wonderspaces.

Las Vegas, Nevada; Minsk, Belarus; Athens, Greece; London, UK; San Diego, CA. Aluminum, acrylic on canvas, string, fabric, ink.

Organized by Art Production Fund and the Cosmopolitan. Installation assistance by Abraham King, Kristina Kassem, Wendalyn Lewis, Caroline Oh. / 2016, Minsk, Belarus. A collaboration with Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art and So Beautiful and Wild Agency. Curated by Oksana Zhgirovskaya, Valentina Kiseleva, Ekaterina Lipnitskaya, and Anna Chistoserdova. / 2016, Athens, Greece. A collaboration with Onassis Cultural Centre. Curated by Afroditi Panagiotakou and Konstantina Soulioti. / 2017, London, England. A collaboration with Merge Festival and Hilton Bankside Hotel.