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PostSecret: Community Confessional

PostSecret: Community Confessional
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Scott Lachut, PSFK Labs
  • 15 january 2009

Frank Warren has said, “All of us have a secret that would break your heart if you just knew what it was.” As a way of giving people a forum in which to unburden themselves, he created PostSecret, an ongoing community art project that invites participants from across the globe to mail in postcards and anonymously share their secrets.  Since its inception in early 2005, Warren has received nearly 200,000 confessions ranging from the tragic and touching to the comical and off-the-wall, but all beautiful in their vulnerability. As a viewer, there is a certain voyeuristic pleasure in reading through intimate details of people’s lives like stumbling upon someone’s private diary, but the real joy comes from finding inspiration and commonalities in the contributions. The results have been collected into four books and can be seen on the PostSecret Blog.

We received an email announcing Warren’s 2009 touring schedule that begins on January 15th.  He promises to tell some of the stories behind the secrets, show some that have been banned and allow the audience an opportunity to publicly share confessions of their own.  You can watch the video teaser below.

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