Here Lie Secrets: The Art and Artifice of Confession in Contemporary Culture

Date / Time

November 12, 2019

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Confession manifests all around us: from TV police procedurals to celebrity scandals, from infamous miscarriages of justice and imperfect geopolitical compromises to calculated political admissions, from ironic artistic installations to the confessional culture of social media and reality TV. Confession possesses an allure, offers a promise of reconciliation, makes a spectacle of itself. “Here Lie Secrets” explores some of the ways that artists and other cultural workers explore the dynamics of confession, working through nostalgia for a sidelined sacrament, renegotiating the lines between public and private, and producing new forms of structured performance—which is to say, new forms of ritual expression.

Speaker: Elizabeth Castelli, Barnard College

Sponsored by the UIC Catholic Studies Program.


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