La Catrina Cafe
1011 West 18th Street
INSTALLATION AND POETRY READING
JENNIFER PATIÑO CERVANTES
Zapatos Rojos or Red Shoes is an art project realized by the Mexican artist Elina Chauvet. It deals with a city route which consists in lots of pairs of red or red-painted shoes to commemorate the many cases of violence against women in the whole world. In particular, his first work was realized in Ciudad Juarez, the border city between Mexico and the United States, where for the first time it was used the expression “femicide”. Here, indeed hundreds and hundreds of women were abducted, raped and then killed since 1993. It’s not known the real number of victims, but it’s known that the authorities have never seriously considered this shameful truth, covering everything and never making justice for the women killed or their families.