Let us come back to the figure of the hermaphrodite: it represents the pair of opposites put together. This “fractured” but unified character, is put into relief by Kintsugi, a Japanese art which consisted of repairing broken porcelain and ceramics with golden lacquer. It is this golden thread which appears in the film made by Gaultier d’Urbin and the photos taken by Anne-Lou Buzot.
The art of Kintsugi “says” that each broken object can be beautified, the cracks do not need to be hidden. This philosophical art aided my rehabilitation after an accident in 2017: run over by a car, I had, amongst other injuries, a broken collar-bone.
The vital necessity of speaking, singing and telling the tale of this fracture through the music of Schumann became evident very quickly after this event.
Anne-Lou Buzot for all the photos of the L’Hermaphrodite project.
Myriam Greff for creating the kintsugi bowl.
Or Katz for painting the kintsugi effect on the skin and the piano key.