SHAMEBOOTH

Paula Williams

“What you can’t say owns you” reads the signage on the outside of SHAMEBOOTH, a roving telephone booth flanked by uniformed attendants who, according to the project’s creator, Paula Williams, “invite people to step inside, pick up the receiver, and anonymously speak about whatever keeps them from feeling proud that day.” Williams conceived of SHAMEBOOTH in 2016 as a way for fellow guests at an addiction recovery event to overcome the silencing effect of shame and “emerge feeling free.” The booth has since traveled widely, yielding an online archive of more than a thousand recordings that prove shame is powerful, but personal truth-telling is even more so.

Paula Williams

"One person’s healing, when voiced, can heal an entire community."

— Paula Williams