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“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.”
We live in an age of hyper-awareness of mental health issues. We’re all aware: yet somehow we remain isolated, unable to make the connections we need to create change. A barrier to creating a connection between two people is the fear of vulnerability. The fear, that, if I display my internal world, my authenticity, I will be forever exposed.
But when we see an expression of this shared internal world, and we witness our universal struggles laid bare; this builds strength and has the power to change the narrative that we are not as alone as we think we are. We can collectively embrace the fear surrounding vulnerability and dispel with the shame attached to it. We can use art when words fail.
Comfort Zone aims to navigate, discuss and re-frame how we see shame and vulnerability. It asks: if vulnerability is essential to human connection, can art provide an opening to a conversation that so many of us find difficult to have?