A Las Vegas sanctuary

Confessions is a participatory installation that explores the design of safe spaces for catharsis, consolation, and intimacy in the heart of the Las Vegas strip. Inspired by Japanese Shinto shrine prayer walls, Post Secret, and Catholicism, Chang invited people to write and submit a confession on a wooden plaque in the privacy of confession booths in The Cosmopolitan’s public 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 in the room. The introspective project reappropriated religious rituals for secular environments and revealed how quickly people exposed their struggles and deeply vulnerable selves when given the right conditions. Commissioned by Art Production Fund and the Cosmopolitan.

All confessions can be viewed on the project site. The 1500+ confessions include: 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. 

2012, Las Vegas, NV. Wood, aluminum, acrylic on canvas, string, fabric, ink. 1000 sq ft gallery space. Installation assistance by Abraham King, Kristina Kassem, Wendalyn Lewis, Caroline Oh. Organized by Yvonne Force Villareal, Krista Salley, Lily Tran, Casey Fremont Crowe, Sheila Marcello, Cory Mervis. 

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