Red shoes at the Helsinki Kansalaistentori.
Photo: Marcantonio Segura.

Red Shoes installation

Sa 25.5.2024 11.00-21.00
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Su 26.5.2024 11.00-19.00
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Is produced by

Maailman Kuvalehti

Otroas Feminismoas


Red Shoes (Zapatos Rojos) is an art project created by Mexican artist Elina Chauvet in 2009. The installation consists of shoes painted red to remind us about women who were murdered or who disappeared because of their gender. Red is a colour full of symbolic meaning: it is the colour of spilled blood but also associated with love, unity and hope.

The installation combines the personal and the shared experience and reflects notions of the normalisation of violence against women. The installation has been seen around the word and has become a tool in the fight against gender-based violence. The shoe-painting workshops are communal meeting spaces where people can share their experiences.

Trained as an architect, Chauvet has three decades of experience as an artist. Violence against women is a highly personal topic for her, as her own sister was murdered by her husband.

The workshops will be organised and the installation will be co-built by Otroas Feminismoas in cooperation with the producers, PlusCollective and Maailman Kuvalehti magazine.

The Red Shoes installation will be located on the festival site between the Speaker’s Stage and the entrance on the Redi side.