"The Politics Of Shoes" The Politics of Shoes Exhibit @mobius – May 23 through May 31th, 2009
Mobius – 725 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA – www.mobius.org
by Jill Furumoto
The Red Ruby Slipper, a twisted nest of wire coiled,
A powerful red shoe, bigger than you, stands alone at the front door
Let the games begin- here, in a place called
"The Politics of Shoes"
The defiled sole of a dirty shoe, A
Projectile weapon hurled at George W. Bush-
A dirty sole aimed towards another soul, tainted
with the blood the innocent.
Arrested, the shoe is shuffled away.
Step into the another puddle of sand,
Sand puddles on your shoes
Are tracked as you step across the floor to read about the
The 63 homicides that took place in Boston Last Year.
As you walk away, your footsteps
Drag the dirt around the room. Nobody is safe, even
running leaves traces of the crime scene-and panic spreads like
dust in a windstorm
Women's shoes in the corner window
High heels, pointed toes, fine leather and textiles of varied design.
These women are deceased, but their shoes endure to archive
intimate details of their lust for
beauty, style, fashion, and social acceptance...
I was told that people will judge me by my shoes (and my hair)
After I am dead, what tales will my shoes tell? No one will think much of me.
I didn't bother to dress up my feet. I have tried to free myself of
The Politics of Shoes.
Turn another corner and view- running shoes with steel protracting high heels
Can't a woman be athletic and feminine at the same time?
Where does the politics of shoes end?
Not in my backyard.
We hear these old songs, and we step over torn up sheet music.
Songs of racism and oppression are strewn all over the floor-
While scattered footprints cover their lyrics, the message is revealed
to those who look closely.
The Politics of Shoes-Where does it end?
Maybe with a click of a heel, a video loop
Two shoes knock to together, walk together, try to get along.
But this is not right, this is the bizarre tale of two left feet trying to act as a pair.
I'm ready to go home now, enough of the Politics of Shoes.