Photographer's Note

"Elina realized this project in 2009, right in Ciudad Jųarez, where she collected 33 pairs of shoes.

Ciudad Jųarez, in the state of Chiuaua, in Mexico, is known as the city that devours its own daughters.

Here, in the most total impunity, from 1933 hundreds and hundreds of women disappeared.

Today [2nd March 2013] the red shoes are in Turin as a solidariety march toward these invisible women.

Empty shoes, symbolizing the empty space, left by each single woman who has disappeared, both in her loved ones and in society.

They are here against violence on women at any latitude.

Against inurement, against impunity, for the justice."


The project assumes the shape of an installation composed by hundred pairs of women red shoes to say stop to genre violence. Each pair of shoes, found through the attivation of a solidariety network, represents a woman and the trace of a suffered violence. Arranged in a orderly way along the urban path, the shoes reshape the space and the aesthetic, visualizing a march of absent women, a procession that marks the pain this absence gives rise both in a social and in a familiar level.
Zapatos Rojos is so, after all, a calling addressed to the citiziens to manifestate their own solidariety towards the women who, in the world, were subjected to violence, towards the women who have been killed or kidnapped or whose traces have been lost. In particular, the project reminds of the situation in Ciudad Juārez, cittā di frontiera con gli Stati Uniti, in the north of Mexico where hundreds of women have been kidnapped, raped and murdered. At the beginning they were dozens of girls but then they became hundreds and finally a vague and indefined number, taken in poor consideration by the authorities. Women are killed in Juārez because they let it happen.
There is impunity, there is a machist culture that doesn't educate to the respect for the woman.
There is no State and the drug cartels fight for the controll of the drug and human trade.
In 'maquilas', the terrible multinational assembly plants, the exploitation and sometimes the physical elimination of the young women is organized.
In Jųarez, the city that devours its daughters,the term "feminicide" was used for the first time.
Here, in 2009, Zapatos Rojos takes life with this installation.
From here the project moved to other cities in the world, arriving in Milan for the first time in Europe, in November the 18th 2012, and then in Genoa and Lecce and now in the beautiful scenary of Piazza Castello (Turin).

From November 2008 Marisela Ortiz Rivera in representation of the victims' Mothers of Juārez is honorary citizen of Turin.

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  • Copyright: Bianca Melo Trovo' (Sakkaku) (14)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-03-02
  • Categories: Event
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-11-10 11:31
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