ALL THAT GLITTERS ISN'T GOLD
Packing tape, 20 pairs of found shoes and video-performance
For this project I was interested in the city as a shifting territory, as a place where some people throw things away and others pick them up. This work started by walking through the streets of the Mission District in San Francisco in 2003. During these walks, I collected objects from the street in order to incorporate them into my work. A great way to get to know a city is by observing what people throw away or what kind of interactions they perform in the streets. After a few weeks I collected hundreds of shoes from the sidewalk, by the trash, donated by neighbors and hanging from the bus electrical lines.
I filmed a performance/action where I try very hard to walk with those shoes. I wanted to experience how it feels to walk with other people’s shoes as a metaphor of connecting with the person who owned them.
In my work I consider the idea of urban life like knots or cross points. The image of the city as a labyrinth illustrates the complexity and speed of the times in which we are living, and the city, its streets and its inhabitants are a poetic referent that I use in my work. I feel these streets have much to say to me, and this work is an attempt to manifest what I hear.