Pop Culture

Sharing Secrets At San Francisco Art Show

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/102000988/102000973" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Five years have passed since Frank Warren started "Post Secret," an ongoing art project where people mail him anonymous secrets on postcards. Now the postcards are on display at a gallery in San Francisco. Visitors to the exhibit whisper their secrets into producer Martina Castro's microphone.


We all have secrets - you do, I do. Frank Warren has a lot of them, thousands. They're actually not really his secrets. They were sent to him by strangers for his art project. That project is called "Post Secret." It's a collection of postcards with all those secrets written on them. They're on display now at a gallery near San Francisco. KALW's Martina Castro went on a secret mission to see the postcards.

MARTINA CASTRO: So, I'm standing just outside the Bedford Gallery in a lobby, and just inside the gallery, there are people walking around looking at the postcards from the "Post Secret" exhibit. And so, as they come out, I'm going to ask them to share a secret with me.

(Soundbite of music)

CASTRO: OK, so you put the headphones on, and take the recorder off into a corner and you whisper the secret in, whatever it is, and I'll never know it's you.

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Man #1: These people are crazy.

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Woman #1: I'm afraid no one will ever love me, and I'll die alone with a lot of cats.

Unidentified Woman #2: It's not that I don't think I'm worthy. It's - I'm just scared that other people don't think I am.

Unidentified Man #2: My friends don't know I'm rolling on ecstasy.

Unidentified Woman #3: Scared that I convinced myself that I love him when I don't even know what love is.

CASTRO: Awesome, thank you so much. Would you humor me in an exercise to tell me a secret off the top of your head?

Unidentified Woman #4: I can do it right now. I'm just - oh, man. I've been an emotional wreck the last couple of days. I know exactly what it is. I mean...

CASTRO: Oh, well, go. Do it.

Unidentified Woman #5: Oh, I'm afraid my boyfriend will come back from Iraq and not like the person that he sees, just remember me and all of my quirks through text instead of through reality.

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Woman #6: I'd rather deny who I was than face my grandma not talking to me anymore.

Unidentified Woman #7: When I'm with the guys, I joke around about checking out other girls with them, but I'm not really joking because I'm gay.

(Soundbite of music)

BRAND: Those secrets were confessed into Martina Castro's microphone. She's a producer based in San Francisco. The "Post Secret" exhibit will be on display in Northern California until April 19th. You can see some of those postcards at our blog, npr.org/daydreaming.

(Soundbite of music)

BRAND: More secrets revealed as Day to Day continues.

Copyright © 2009 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from