Inspired by the traditional Japanese kintsugi technique – the art of repairing broken ceramic objects with golden seams – the installation containing Soviet-era glassware explores how to preserve memories and bring forgotten artifacts back to life.
This type of glass and crystalware used to be very popular in Soviet Estonia, but nowadays a significant number has ended up going from household displays to second-hand shops and boot sales.
The repaired glassware items are placed on a constantly rotating roundtable, which moves in rhythm with the ticking sound. In the same way as in the Soviet times, when the glassware was very often used as a container for frippery and memorabilia in general, old watches from the same era are resting inside the repaired bowls.
Soviet-era glassware, old watches, rotating display table, light bulb, and sound. 2016.
Photos of the exhibition at Võru Museum, Estonia in 2016.