• Sofia Jayne

Art and the trauma of war

Updated: Jun 10, 2021

How refugees are using art to heal - access here


In the Japanese tradition of Kintsugi, broken pottery is mended by applying lacquer and dusting it with gold. Striking lines then illuminate an element of beauty where the break once was. This custom has been used to symbolise the endurance of “broken” people as they learn to pick up the pieces from traumatic life experiences.

It’s a hard journey for displaced people fleeing their homes in search of safety. Art can be a poignant tool for refugees to process the trauma they have experienced. It has also acted as a cultural bridge for refugees to integrate and find acceptance in the community.

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