Confessions in San Diego, 2019. Photo by Adam Elmakias.

Confessions

Art Production Fund, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2012 | Onassis Cultural Centre, Athen, Greece, 2016 | Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art, Minsk Belarus, 2016 | Merge Festival, London, England, 2017 | Karoyan Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia, 2017 | Wonderspaces, San Diego, California and Scottsdale, Arizona, 2019-2020.

Confessions is a participatory installation that explores public rituals for catharsis and consolation. Informed by Japanese Shinto shrine prayer walls and the practices of Catholicism, Chang invited passersby to write a confession on a wooden plaque in the privacy of confession booths. The plaques were then hung on the gallery walls. The original exhibit in The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas collected over 1,500 confessions and included an original soundtrack by Oliver Blank. The installation has since grown to over 20,000 confessions in other cities, including London, England; Athens, Greece; Yerevan, Armenia; San Diego, California; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Minsk, Belarus. Reappropriating religious rites for secular environments, the work examines the relationship between public space and emotional communion.

Responses ranged from the light-hearted to the profound: I still love her two girlfriends and five years later — It’s hard for me to accept my father. I feel guilty for that — Everyone thinks I quit smoking, but I didn’t — I hate that all my friends are having children and turning into boring people — I sold heroin to my friend and it ruined his life — my social media is so fake — I love cats and hate my sister — Sometimes I worry that I’m the problem — I knew my marriage would end in divorce before I was married — I like it when my friends are mediocre so I can be the best — I’m a feminist but sometimes I wish I could have been a trophy wife — I’m in the military and I’m scared to die — I don’t believe in an afterlife anymore, but I wish that I did.

2012, The Cosmopolitan, 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, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece, curated by Afroditi Panagiotakou and Konstantina Soulioti. / 2016, Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art, Minsk, Belarus, curated by Oksana Zhgirovskaya, Valentina Kiseleva, Ekaterina Lipnitskaya, and Anna Chistoserdova. / 2017, Merge Festival and Hilton Bankside Hotel, London, England. / 2017, Karoyan Gallery and Moscow Cinema, Yerevan, Armenia, curated by Lilit Antonyan. / 2018, Artsakh Fest, Stepanakert, Azerbaijan, curated by Anna Kamay. / 2019, Wonderspaces, San Diego, California. / 2019-2020, Wonderspaces, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Confessions in San Diego, 2019. Photo by Adam Elmakias.
Confessions in San Diego, 2019. Photo by Adam Elmakias.
Confessions in San Diego, 2019. Photo by Adam Elmakias.
Confessions in Scottsdale, 2020. Photo by James Rogers.
Confessions in Las Vegas. Photo by Candy Chang.
Confessions in Las Vegas. Photo by Candy Chang.
Confessions in Las Vegas. Photo by Candy Chang.
Confessions in Las Vegas. Photo by Candy Chang.
Chang painting select responses on canvas
Confessions in Las Vegas. Photo by Candy Chang.
Confessions in Las Vegas. Photo by Candy Chang.
Confessions in Las Vegas. Photo by Candy Chang.
Confessions in Las Vegas. Photo by Candy Chang.
Confessions in Las Vegas. Photo by Candy Chang.
Confessions in Las Vegas. Photo by Candy Chang.
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 Yerevan, Armenia with support from Karoyan Gallery and Moscow Cinema, curated by Lilit Antonyan, 2017
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



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