CONFESS

PROJECT OVERVIEW

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Photo Credit: Kendra Spear
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After a public art performance at LA Pride 2014, artist Dani Dodge realized many of the LGBTQ people who attended the celebration wanted to share deep burdens. She created CONFESS for LA Pride 2015. The performance/installation allowed participants to share their worst sin with a stranger. The result was not sacramental grace but a twisted penance and an anonymous typed note that detailed each transgression on a gold piece of paper. Thus absolved, at least in the eyes of art, confessors could move forward unburdened. The confession booth was within a 20-foot-square space with walls on three sides covered by black fabric. As the weekend went forward, the walls went from black to gold with people’s deepest sins revealed. One woman wrote Dodge an email afterward that said the experience made her cry, but also transformed her two most important relationships, the one with her mother and the one with her lover.

LA Pride is an LGBTQ pride event that takes place annually in the city of West Hollywood. CONFESS was created in a large parking structure at the city's library as part of the event. It is run by Christopher Street West. CSW's funding comes mainly from Pride Festival fees, beverage and admission charges, corporate sponsorship and parade entry fees. The City of West Hollywood, where the parade has been held since 1979, waives all permit fees and has consistently been supportive of the celebration. In addition the city has paid for the sheriff's deputies needed to police the parade route. Any surplus funds accumulated by CSW are returned to the community through various programs.

PROJECT LOCATION

Parking Garage
CONFESS was created in a large parking structure at the city's library as part of the event.
LA Pride 2015
625 N San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Christopher Street West/LA Pride
PROJECT DETAILS

Permanent
1,500
under $50K
Private
Public
Festival, Installation, Performance
Paper, Wood
2015
2016