The new Before I Die book is out now and presents an intimate portrait of the dreams within our communities and a chance to ponder life’s ultimate question with the people around us.
After struggling with existential confusion and finding solace in philosophy, Candy and writer James A. Reeves are creating a sanctuary for confused, anxious, and worn-out people.
Candy created one of the longest Before I Die walls ever on the exterior of the Ogden Museum in downtown New Orleans, to celebrate the project in the city where it all began. Oct 2013-Jan 2014.
Candy will speak at the University of Michigan as part of the Penny Stamps series in Ann Arbor, Michigan on January 30, 2014.
“I have seen them in the performance of their function: they always arrive extremely tired from their journeys; they speak of a broken stairway which almost killed them; they talk with the librarian of galleries and stairs; sometimes they pick up the nearest volume and leaf through it, looking for infamous words. Obviously, no one expects to discover anything. As was natural, this inordinate hope was followed by an excessive depression.” —Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel, 1941
Candy Chang is an artist who is passionate about how our public spaces can help us make sense of our lives. She has created public art projects in New Orleans, Hong Kong, and Las Vegas, and her work has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale, the Centre for the Living Arts, and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She is a TED Senior Fellow, a Tulane Urban Innovation Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Learn more and stay in touch through Twitter, Facebook, and her monthly digest.
“Before I Die is merely one of the most creative community projects ever.” -The Atlantic
“Through a series of large-scale projects that combine installation art with social activism, Chang has encouraged people to engage with public spaces to let their voices be heard.” -O, the Oprah Magazine