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Kintsugi.

Photographs by Joan Fontcuberta. Text by Céline Fribourg and Xavier Antich.
RM/MINISTERI DE CULTURA, JOVENTUT I ESPORTS D'ANDORRA, 2021. 92 pp., 78 illustrations, 8¾x11¾".



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Museums and archives are institutions designed to preserve the memory of a community. Joan Fontcuberta rummages through their collections to find photographic documents that have deteriorated over time and, paradoxically, “lost their memory.” These fragile, ailing, amnesiac images are salvaged by a procedure that recalls the Zen technique of Kintsugi: a piece of broken pottery is not discarded, but repaired, a thread of gold marking the fracture line. Emphasizing scars is a form of resilience, of acceptance of the vicissitudes of life. In Kintsugi, Joan Fontcuberta assembles a poetic and conceptual gathering of phantasmal images that evoke the passage of time, the recording of history, and the very substance of photography


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