Begun during the 2014 Kenyon in Rome program, and continuing through the Studio Art professor’s subsequent sabbatical, this series of photographs documents confessional booths in cathedrals and churches throughout Italian cities. An interior inside an interior, their inherent intimacy is artisan-crafted in unendingly unique styles. Marcella Hackbardt’s photography is informed by objects and gestures infused with symbolism. The confessional is a site laden with meaning and intentionality, such as the hope or promise of forgiveness, and the quest for empathy and understanding.
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Image: Marcell Hackbardt, Duomo di Reggio Emilia, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.