Born in Pittsburgh to Taiwanese parents and now a long-term resident of New Orleans, Candy Chang has different cultures in her DNA but just one obsession: intervening in public space. For her, it’s like setting up a hybrid board game designed for mass participation in the heart of the city. Thanks to this artistic modus vivendi in which art flirts with activism, Chang’s large-scale participatory installations both blur the boundaries between public and private and give passers-by the opportunity to spontaneously interact with and ask questions about her works. Ultimately, her installations provide the public with the means to reclaim the space around and within them.
In the words of Oprah Winfrey, the guru of American talk-shows: “Through a series of large-scale projects which combine installation art with activism, Chang has encouraged people to engage with public spaces and let their voice be heard”.
30 June – 20 July 2016
12:00-22:00 | Municipal Park of Flisvos and Dionisiou Areogitou & Makrigianni str.
Before I die
In 2011, Candy Chang started this installation as an experiment in an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighbourhood. She literally took over the building, painting its outer walls the colour of a blackboard and writing on them the phrase “Before I die, I want to…” over and over in white stencilled letters. Passers-by were invited to complete the phrase, writing their wishes on the walls in chalk.
Her best-known visual installation, Before I Die… combines art with social dialogue and urban regeneration. Today, over a thousand “Before I die” walls have been created in 70 plus countries including Kazakhstan, Iraq, Haiti, China, Ukraine, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Argentina and South Africa.
30 June – 20 July 2016
12:00-22:00 | Spyrou Miliou Arcade, City Link and Dionisiou Areogitou & Makrigianni str.
Anonymous, secret confessions written in a private booth on small wooden plaques are hung in public space to form a polyptych confessional. Individual confessions are brought together to form a unique installation which recalls a prayer wall and reminds us that we’re not alone.
Curated – Coordinated by: Afroditi Panagiotakou, Konstantina Soulioti
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