Confession – Malta; 2008.
“Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa”, Confession is the formal acceptance of one’s sins with repentance and desire to make peace with God through his forgiveness, the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The gesture is an interaction with a piece of furniture where priests sit down and people stand on their knees whilst they confess their most intimate revelations about a person’s private life. The piece of furniture designed solemnly for this purpose, acts as a portal to God’s forgiveness. Through this, the furniture becomes monumental.
This work highlights the fact that sins are gathered in one place and this provokes the question whether these sins accumulate or are truly processed through the ‘System of Forgiveness’. Crushed and folded paper thrown in the confessionary is the allegory of sins written on paper, folded and thrown away as if thrown in the trash. Does this, make this solemn piece of furniture the collector of human trash?