Darkest personal secrets features in Postal Museum postcard exhibition



2015-08-05 14:37:13

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum will reveal the darkest secrets of hundreds of postcard senders.

'PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard' will feature more than 500 hand-decorated postcards sent anonymously from around, each featuring the sender's most intimate secret.

The cards reveal terrible confessions and deepest fears, strange phobias and unrequited love, childhood humiliation, regrets, fears and hidden acts of kindness. 

“Our hope is that visitors will be inspired to think about other people’s secrets—and their own—as invitations for empathy, understanding and connection,” said Sharon Klotz, exhibition director at the museum.

The exhibition is the brainchild of Frank Warren, who in 2004 founded the PostSecret website and encouraged people to get involved in the community mail art project. The idea was simple: to send in anonymous postcards bearing secrets that were absolutely true, and that had never been shared before.

Since then Warren has received around 500,000 postcards, published six books featuring the miniature artworks and received more than 700 million visits to his website. He has also previously exhibited cards at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Baltimore Visionary Museum.

“I believe that by telling the full story of PostSecret at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, we are honoring the secrets entrusted to me on postcards from people all over the world,” Warren said. “I also hope that the exhibition will inspire others to tell their stories, discover their secret connections to others and feel the power of a postcard.”

'PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard' runs at the National Postal Museum throughout September 2015.

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