Confessions

Confessions is a public ritual 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. She arranged the anonymous plaques on the gallery walls and painted select responses on canvas. By the end of the exhibit, over 1,500 confessions were displayed in the room.

Responses ranged from the light-hearted to the heart-breaking: I eat too much cheese, I’m scared I’ll die alone, I still love her two girlfriends and five years later, I sold heroin to my friend and it ruined his life, Came here married to one girl and left married to two girls, I stole over 15,000 from the company I work for, I’m not as confident as the world thinks I am, 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 project reappropriates religious rites for secular environments and examines how public space can cultivate communal kinship.

Originally commissioned by Art Production Fund and the Cosmopolitan, the participatory installation has since been exhibited in other cities, including Minsk, Belarus (2016) at Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art where more than 2,000 people participated; Athens, Greece (2016) in collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Centre; London, England (2017) in collaboration with Merge Festival and Hilton Bankside Hotel; Yerevan, Armenia (2017) with support from Karoyan Gallery and Moscow Cinema and curated by Lilit Antonyan; San Diego (2019) and Scottsdale (2019-2020) in collaboration with Wonderspaces.

2012, Las Vegas, Nevada. Wood, aluminum, acrylic on canvas, string, fabric, ink. 1000 sq ft gallery space. Original ambient score by Oliver Blank. Installation assistance by Abraham King, Kristina Kassem, Wendalyn Lewis, Caroline Oh. Organized by Art Production Fund, Yvonne Force Villareal, Krista Salley, Lily Tran, Casey Fremont Crowe, Sheila Marcello, Cory Mervis / 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. / 2019, San Diego, California. A collaboration with Wonderspaces. / 2019-2020, Scottsdale, Arizona. A collaboration with Wonderspace.

Chang painting select responses on canvas
Confessions in Athens, Greece in collaboration with Onassis Cultural Centre | Photo by Stavros Petropoulos
Confessions in Athens, Greece in collaboration with Onassis Cultural Centre | Photo by Stavros Petropoulos
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 London, England in collaboration with Merge Festival and Hilton Bankside | Photo by Hilton Bankside
Confessions in London, England in collaboration with Merge Festival and Hilton Bankside | Photo by Visit Bankside
Confessions in Yerevan, Armenia with support from Karoyan Gallery and Moscow Cinema, curated by Lilit Antonyan, 2017
Confessions in Yerevan, Armenia with support from Karoyan Gallery and Moscow Cinema, curated by Lilit Antonyan, 2017
Confessions in San Diego, CA in collaboration with Wonderspaces, 2019. Photo by Adam Elmakias.
Confessions in San Diego, CA in collaboration with Wonderspaces, 2019. Photo by Adam Elmakias.
Confessions in San Diego, CA in collaboration with Wonderspaces, 2019. Photo by Adam Elmakias.