Kintsugi

Golden body repairs

Life leaves its mark. We get bumps and bruises, and sometimes suffer injuries or breakdowns. We can be patched up and send into the world where the scars and repairs become testimonies to the lives we have lived. This exhibition explores how medicine and technology repair our fragile bodies.
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The exhibition is inspired by the Japanese Kintsugi (金継ぎ) tradition, in which broken pottery is visibly repaired using lacquer and gold dust. This exhibition explores Kintsugi as a metaphor for the repairs made to our bodies throughout our lives. Copyright: Pitt Rivers Musem, University of Oxford.