AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE
For most of us, our deepest, darkest secrets stay just that, secrets. But for about 1500 people, their confessions were displayed on gallery walls on plaques or canvas at P3 Studio in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas in 2012.
For the therapeutic exhibition, Chang invited hotel guests in Las Vegas to anonymously write down their confessions in a private booth. Over 1500 confessions were displayed on the walls: 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.
The unsigned secrets were then hung around on gallery walls with a select few blown up onto large canvases. Through the project Chang shows how the personal and the public, when intertwined, can increase our happiness and sense of community.
Chang explained the project in a recent email to The Huffington Post:
"We're all trying to make sense of our lives and there's great comfort in knowing you're not alone. And you're not. Everyone you walk past is going through challenges in their life. Maybe it's their relationships or family or work or health. Maybe it's something they've been meaning to face for a long time. [I think of the quote] 'Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.' But it's easy to forget this because we rarely venture beyond small talk with strangers."
"Confessions" was on display from July 20 until August 12, 2012.