SHOES WORLD in LYON
SHOES WORLD in LYON
Visited by Henning Høholt and Tomas Bagackas, (foto)
LYON/FRANCE: A large exposition of shoes from all of the world, and many periodes, opened last night, 7.th June 2016 at Musée des Confluences in Lyon
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. Kulturkompasset was present. The exposition will run until 30.4.2017.
Do you know that your shoes are talkative and say a lot about the person wearing them? To better understand what these objects reveal, the exhibition takes you step by step to discover pairs stemming from every continent, from the 16th to the 21st century, from delicate lotuses for bound feet in China to trainers nowadays.
Kamikker or kamikk, the Northeast Greenland Kamiita
During the way we found many interesting outfits photographed – The Greenland outfit from the very nord is always challenging, and full of colours, usually all handmade. The extensive costume contains more than three and a half kilos of small beads and footwear specially designed by the manufacturer has chewed toe portion and the heel to the right shape.
What we see in this national costume variation is the extraordinary version, but the normal one is this one:
Kamikker or kamikk, the Northeast Greenland Kamiita are boots traditionally worn by Inuit, including in Greenland.
They have soft soles and are made of sealskin in two layers: one ytterstøvel of waterproof leather without hair and a liner or Stockings with hårsida into.
Between the layers, the insulating sedge grass, in Danish called kamikhø. The boots worn by both men and women. Length, color and decoration may vary, but while women kamikker can reach up to above the knees, the men lower.
An embroidered variant included as part of the Greenlandic national costume. – as presented here. Simple kamikker and leather boots are still common as winter footwear.
Whether they be sandals, boots, moccasins, slippers or something else, from here or elsewhere, from yesterday, today or the future, shoes are intimately linked with human history.
It is therefore not surprising that they are so close to us, whether we are aware of it or not. They act as witnesses to various life styles, as objects of desire, and often indicate belonging to a group. Under the gaze of whoever knows how to decipher them, they reveal codes and symbols.
These multiple facets thus reassure us with the idea that there is nothing anodyne in the shoes we chose to wear.
At the heart of the exhibition, you will be led to ask questions about your own shoes and what they say about you.
The museum invites you to leave your comments and to contribute in this way to reflexion.
A work specially conceived for the exhibition by the Catalan artist Xavier G-Solis sheds a contemporary light on our intimate relationship with the shoe
The exhibition presents nearly a hundred pairs from museum collections, from the International Footwear Museum at Romans, loans from institutions and private collectors.
In co-production with the Musée international de la chaussure de Romans – City of Romans.
IMPRESSIVE EXHIBITION DESIGN
We were very impressed by the tasteful and good design of the exposition, delicious combinations between the large boards, see picture, and the combination between these and the actual shoes presented.
For us, who tried our best to read the text placed at the plexiglass monters, Unfortunately because of the black print on a “gold” paper, it was not possible to read it in the elegant designed light.
Therefore we can’t, unfortunately, follow up with detailed informations on each pair presented at the photo, we regret that, but we gave up.