The metaphor of shoes had long been embedded in my mind... perhaps because both my father and grandfather asked for their shoes just before they died. I began a photographic journey years ago with the poignant book by Roman Vishniac, A Vanished World. I then traveled to the striking memorial in Budapest, Shoes on the Danube Bank. I soon strongly felt that I should develop a shoe memorial for the Holocaust using photographs as a way to preserve and sanctify the memory of precious lives lost. During the time of the photo series, I would have a stunning personal experience that led to the video installation below.
A workman replaces flooring…the photographer cares for him as he works…he creates a new foundation and tries to restore order to her home. Trapped between the history of two worlds, we ask the viewer to be…In Her Shoes.