Participatory Installation Confessions. Candy Chang, USA
6.02 – 25.02.2016
Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art
Inspired by Candy Chang
Participatory Installation Confessions
The Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art will hold a participatory installation Confessions, which exhibits secret statements anonymously written by visitors. This is an interactive project where the audience realize the scenario of the artist and become her co-authors. The author of Confessions is Candy Chang known for her interactive project Before I die… that has been held in 1000 cities in over 70 countries.
Cоnfessions will be held a second time, now in another country, in Belarus. The installation first took place in 2012 in Las Vegas. The project was inspired by the prayer walls of Shinto Shrines, the Post Secret community and the idea of the Catholic confession. The exposition is formed in a continuum where the emphasis is made both on the process and the result: the visitors write their confessions anonymously on cards in closed booths, after which those cards become exhibits of the installation.
Candy Chang is widely known all over the world and has repeatedly been a speaker at TED conferences. Her work has been exhibited in the Venice Architecture Biennale, New Museum, MOMA, Tate Modern, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
"I am very pleased that the installation will be held in Belarus. I'd like to see what people in Minsk reveal," says Candy Chang. According to the art-director Ekaterina Lipnitskaya, Belarus will be the first European country to host the project, "I liked the idea at first sight and wanted the first installation in Europe to take place in Minsk. The aesthetics of Contemporary Art is a fairly controversial topic. However in this case the art objects will be the thoughts that are always with you, but which you hesitate to say out loud, or vice versa want to share with everyone else”. When the event is over the confessions of Belarusians will be taken to St. Petersburg and Moscow, and the world bank of secret thoughts will be enriched with words from Belarus.
Curatorial team of the Confessions in Belarus: Oksana Zhgirovskaya, Valentina Kiseleva, Ekaterina Lipnitskaya, Anna Chistoserdova
The opening and presentation of the project will take place on 6th February at 4 p.m. at the Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art, free entrance