Marta Rodriguez Maleck

Take an Apology / Leave an Apology

‘Take an Apology / Leave an Apology’ is an interactive installation in which viewers are prompted to write and exchange a personal letter of atonement for one already in the installation as an analogy for what we give versus what we receive in our own relationship efforts. Upon opening their envelopes and reading the letters, we asked viewers to reflect on imbalance in their own relationships in terms of communication, emotional labor, and efforts for resolution. We sourced the original 2,500 letters from anonymous Craigslist responses nation-wide, our networks of friends and family, New Orleans elementary and middle schools, as well as public statements from politicians and celebrities. This installation was originally created by Kevin Brisco and I as a collaborative component for Outside/In by Carlos Rolón at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2018.