Embracing the scars of healing

10- 25 October 2021

Kintsugi is group show presented by Artists Against Slavery that explores the concept of brokenness, its repair, and how it can become part of a new whole. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of restoring broken ceramic vessels with lacquer and gold, with the resulting object becoming more valuable than before. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. It highlights cracks and repairs as simply an event in life, rather than allowing its service to end at the time of its damage or breakage.

Interpretations of Kintsugi are made in the exhibition through ceramics, pottery, painting and printing. Its artists range from established professionals to emerging practitioners, largely from Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula. The artists are: Tania Bostock, Nina Brown, Julia Dower, Bev Frost, Renate Galeztka, Naomi Goto Garrett, Sarah Harper, Aamira Jain, Jane McCulla, Janie Porter, Gaby Reade, Soon-Lee Spicer, Kaylene Worrall.

As an organisation, Artists Against Slavery (AAgS) raises funds to help with the rehabilitation of women and children who have been trafficked and abused. A great deal of shame can hang over a victim, usually for life. Rehabilitation helps victims to see that they are of great value together with their painful history. AAgS will take a commission of 10% but artists can give more if they choose. AAgS gives 100% of money raised to Hagar NZ who work with victims of human trafficking and abuse in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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'Radical unlearning and the whiff of the permission slip.' Hand built, pit fired porcelain