The actual logistics of this installation are not complicated; its complexity lies in the fact that it symbolizes a public catharsis of pain. Thanks to the red female shoes, the focus is on women and a message that needs to be shared out loud, comprising issues such as domestic, workplace or any other gender-related violence. Another unique trait is that it brings together people from inside and outside of the art world and its message resonates on so many levels.
The way this piece travels breaks down many barriers and opens an opportunity for debate, personal insight, and the creation of a solidarity network as well as freeing the work from art-related burdens such as conservators and insurance. It is a piece that is “performed” in an urban space for only one day and relies simply on the will of its citizen participants. Chauvet designed the project to travel internationally, using social networks to organize and promote it. The project has been replicated in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay, United States, Norway, Canada, Spain, Italy, and the UK, and there are more to come.
The impact is so great that the artist is constantly being asked to replicate the piece and collaborate on new versions of it.
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