Worn: Memory, Affect and the Marks of Wear

A-side B-side Gallery
352 Mare Street, Hackney E8 1HR
(opposite Hackney Central Station)

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Private view: 8th February 2018 7-9.30pm
Exhibition runs: 8th- 20th February 2018
Thursday - Tuesday 10am- 5pm
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Shoes are evocative objects, loaded with meanings and memories; from magical shoes in fairy-tales to abandoned and empty shoes resonant with loss. This exhibition explores our relationship with and attachment to shoes. Focusing upon the shoe as an everyday object, it explores how garments and people may become entwined. Through use and wear shoes become a record of the wearer’s lived experience, the paths they have walked, the journeys they have taken, the shoe as a vessel for memory.

Gesture is preserved within the shoe – even when our bodies are gone traces of motion remain. These marks form a web, a map of experience. The worn shoe is a repository of experience, a container of trace.

Using film, photography and installation, these works explore the ways that attachment to footwear is located in our intimate and tactile relationship to it; attachment created through touch and wear. The manifestations of this attachment are apparent in the ways that a shoe changes: the creases, folds and scuffs, which are the inevitable outcomes of use..