Red shoes stand against violence

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Photos by Jo Harvie


MORE than 500 pairs of red shoes adorned Malaga City’s Plaza de la Constitucion for an event managed by the local branch of Amnesty International against gender violence.
The project, which saw the shoes take over the square from 6pm onwards on Friday, June 12, aimed to recreate an initiative thought up by Mexican artist Elina Chauvet in 2009.
After realising that society had grown used to posters regarding murders and disappearances in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Chauvet decided to use red shoes as a contemporary way to raise awareness on the subject of violence towards women.
The project uses shoes dyed red because shoes are often the first thing that appears before bodies of missing women are found.
Elina invited the public to write messages against violence on pieces of paper and put them inside the shoes, turning the event into a collective memorial to victims.
Malaga was the 40th city to hold a Red Shoes event, the third in Spain and the one that managed to collect the most shoes.


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