CONFESS, which debuted at L.A. Pride on June 13, 2015, allowed participants to share their worst sins 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 Dani 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.