Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer or powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
As humans, we are also susceptible to being broken, traumatised and tarnished (emotionally and physically) but it is our scars that make us stronger and resilient – perhaps more human. Through the art of kintsugi, we can repair not only broken objects, but also deep sorrow, a broken heart, relationships and our health. As with shattered pottery, we can be fixed, healed and transformed into something stronger and more beautiful.
TEDxMelbourne will shine a light on the art and philosophy of Kintsugi asking the question What have you taken which was broken, but is now stronger than ever before?
• From broken to beautiful: the power of kintsugi
• How kintsugi shows up in our everyday lives
• The beauty in our precious scars
TEDxMelbourne will explore the ways that we – and society – have been broken – but more importantly, how we are on our way to repair. Our scarred society. Our struggling planet. A city that has been through the worst – but now thrives. We place a lens on the pieces of us that have been eroded but now bloom like never before, giving everyone hope.
Join us for this special event as we come together to celebrate Kintsugi and the powers of embracing the world’s scars through acceptance, growth and resilience. Marriott Hotel Docklands are a proud partner of this event.
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