Everted Sanctuaries VII

Digital video with audio, 2019

Honorable Mention: $100

Ryan Lewis

Kalamazoo, MI

Eversion refers to an organism’s ability to turn inside out. For example, a sea cucumber can eject its internal organs to distract predators. Similarly, introverts may temporarily evert their personalities to function in extroverted contexts. This performance is simultaneously action and reaction, assertion and retreat. In Everted Sanctuaries, Transformed objects become metaphors for the often uncomfortable process of becoming temporarily extroverted. Ubiquitous exteriors part to reveal intricate interiors—beautiful, but unintended consequences of the contortions necessary to fit in. Everted Sanctuaries establish the importance of sanctuary for introverts and ask viewers to consider the depth and vulnerability concealed beneath silent surfaces.