The Japanese practice of kintsugi honours and celebrates the repair of what was once broken. This installation takes the fragmented pieces of self, story and culture, and attempts to reassemble them into something new through song. Kintsugi invites the user to create space to reflect on their own relationship to ancestry and examine how that relationship evolves over time.
Created by mixed-race musicians Annie Sumi and Brian Kobayakawa, Kintsugi is an anti-racist, interactive, multi-disciplinary art installation reflecting on racial identity, healing ancestral trauma, and the fragmented history of the Japanese Canadian internment. The audience can pump the foot treadle of the heirloom sewing-machine to reveal the hidden depth of the installation: a cycle of songs and videos weaving the past into the present.
To learn more about this installation, please visit: https://kintsugi-installation.com/
“If you’d like to hear the future of contemporary Canadian folk music, take a listen to the sophomore release from Annie Sumi.” - Penguin Eggs
“Sumi's music has a mystical bent. With her pure voice, finger-picked guitar, and smiling banter, she communicated joy and wonder. ” - Sarah Greene, Exclaim!
“There is a beautiful, natural lilt to Sumi's voice and she's capable of delivering world-weariness, deep yearning, or arresting fury.” - Matt Williams, NOW Magazine
“Sumi's songs are contemplative and thoughtful, songs that one would expect to be written by someone that has walked this planet for three, maybe four decades.” - Ben Yung, The Revue